Using qualitative methods to develop contextually relevant measures and preventive interventions: An illustration

Larry E. Dumka, Nancy Gonzales, Jennifer L. Wood, Diana Formoso

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Abstract

Qualitative methods were used to develop a contextually relevant quantitative measure of parenting stress and inform the design of family-focused interventions aimed at preventing adolescent mental and behavioral health problems. The study focused on the experiences of low-income one- and two-parent families representing three ethnic groups (Mexican, African, and European Americans) living in low-income neighborhoods in a large Southwestern city. This report describes the place of this study in a broader program of prevention research, the qualitative methods and data analysis procedures employed, and how the results were used to develop a new measure of parenting stress and inform future program design. The report also includes reflective comments on the methods used and lessons gained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-637
Number of pages33
JournalAmerican journal of community psychology
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

Keywords

  • Ethnic diversity
  • Measurement development
  • Parent training
  • Parenting intervention
  • Parenting stress
  • Preventive interventions
  • Qualitative methods
  • Transition into middle school

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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