Using community-based participatory research (CBPR) to target health disparities in families

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Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is an action research approach that emphasizes collaborative partnerships between community members, community organizations, health care providers, and researchers to generate knowledge and solve local problems. Although relatively new to the field of family social science, family and health researchers have been using CBPR for over a decade. This paper introduces CBPR methods, illustrates the usefulness of CBPR methods in families and health research, describes two CBPR projects related to diabetes, and concludes with lessons learned and strengths and weaknesses of CBPR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-488
Number of pages14
JournalFamily relations
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2009


  • Community and school connection
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Families and health/illness
  • Health
  • Research methodology


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