Community-based participatory research with Indigenous youth: a critical review of literature

Jessica E. Simpson, Tai J. Mendenhall

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Community-based participatory research has gained traction as an innovative approach to research with underserved communities. Community-based participatory research with Indigenous youth, however, is less common. The purpose of this critical review is to explore the conduct of community-based participatory research with Indigenous youth over the past 20 years. Eighteen studies met inclusion criteria; they were evaluated for their respective use of theory, methodology, and findings. One study was quantitative, 16 were qualitative, and one employed mixed methods. Implications for future research, outreach and practice, and policy are discussed. Overall, youth highlighted connection to culture as a major strength and identified a need for programming centered in culture and community. The use of community-based participatory research represents a valuable opportunity to address unique challenges that Indigenous youth face in responsive, creative, and sustainable ways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-202
Number of pages11
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2022

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  • Indigenous
  • community-based participatory research
  • critical review
  • youth


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