Engaging and sustaining adolescents in Community-Based Participatory Research structuring a youth-friendly Community-Based Participatory Research environment

Marni Loiacono Merves, Caryn R.R. Rodgers, Ellen Johnson Silver, Jamie Heather Sclafane, Laurie J. Bauman

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Community-Based Participatory Research partnerships typically do not include adolescents as full community partners. However, partnering with adolescents can enhance the success and sustainability of adolescent health interventions. We partnered with adolescents to address health disparities in a low-income urban community. In partnering with youth, it is important to consider their developmental stage and needs to better engage and sustain their involvement. We also learned the value of a Youth Development framework and intentionally structuring a youthfriendly Community-Based Participatory Research environment. Finally, we will raise some ethical responsibilities to consider when working with youth partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-32
Number of pages11
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 11 2015



  • Adolescents
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Engagement
  • Low-income urban community
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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