Developing a family-centered participatory action research project

Ann W. Garwick, Ann M. Seppelt

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The purpose of this article is to illustrate strategies used to design and implement a family-centered, participatory action research (PAR) project to meet the asthma information needs identified by English-, Hmong-, and Spanish-speaking parents of preschool children with asthma enrolled in a multisite, urban Head Start program. PAR is an approach that encourages researchers and those who will benefit from the research (e.g., families and community leaders) to work together in all phases of the project. PAR projects involve two core components: a needs assessment and action plan development. PAR is rooted in the cultural tradition of the participants and builds on strengths and resources in the community. Actively involving family participants and community leaders in community-based PAR projects increases the likelihood of developing interventions and resources that are culturally relevant and address family needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-281
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Family Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 9 2010


  • Asthma
  • Childhood chronic illness
  • Cultural diversity
  • Family health promotion
  • Family-centered care
  • Head Start
  • Participatory action research

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