Using community-based participatory research to adapt keepin' it REAL: Creating a socially, developmentally, and academically appropriate prevention curriculum for 5th graders

Mary L. Harthun, Patricia A. Dustman, Leslie J. Reeves, Flavio Marsiglia, Michael L. Hecht

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Abstract

This paper reports on a process in which program designers, classroom teachers, and students worked together to adapt the 7th grade "keepin' it REAL" prevention curriculum to a developmentally, socially, and academically appropriate curriculum for 5th graders. A Community-Based Participatory Research methodology (CBPR), combined with a 9-step adaptation model, emphasized a collaborative approach, both transformative and empowering. Essential adaptation elements were the Risk-to-Resiliency Continuum; the teaching of a wide range of skills including risk assessment, decision making, and resistance strategies; and, maintaining the theoretical grounding of Narrative Theory, Communication Competence, and Focus Theory of Norms. This paper describes how CBPR methodology can be conducted successfully while focusing on sustained theoretical grounding and effective research practices in a school-based setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-38
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Alcohol and Drug Education
Volume53
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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