Collaborative Measurement Development as a Tool in CBPR: Measurement Development and Adaptation within the Cultures of Communities

John Gonzalez, Edison J. Trickett

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This paper describes the processes we engaged into develop a measurement protocol used to assess the outcomes in a community based suicide and alcohol abuse prevention project with two Alaska Native communities. While the literature on community-based participatory research (CBPR) is substantial regarding the importance of collaborations, few studies have reported on this collaboration in the process of developing measures to assess CBPR projects. We first tell a story of the processes around the standard issues of doing cross-cultural work on measurement development related to areas of equivalence. A second story is provided that highlights how community differences within the same cultural group can affect both the process and content of culturally relevant measurement selection, adaptation, and development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)112-124
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Community Psychology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Acknowledgments The authors would like to thank the youth, families, and the community members for their willingness to work together on this project. Their resilience in the face of adversity speaks to the strength of all Indigenous peoples everywhere. It is their voices and stories that we attempt to honor. Quyana. This research was funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the National Center for Research Resources [R21AA016098-01, RO1AA11446; R21AA016098; R24MD001626; P20RR061430].


  • Alcohol
  • American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Community based participatory research
  • Community intervention
  • Measurement development
  • Prevention
  • Suicide


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