Exploring community stress and empowerment among stakeholders and youth in an urban community

Bradley Forenza, David T. Lardier, Robert Reid, Pauline Garcia-Reid, Autumn Bermea

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Abstract

Community-level stress, such as pervasive substance abuse and violence, can yield negative health and mental heath outcomes for youth from disadvantaged communities. Community empowerment is a process whereby community members work together to increase control in their community. This qualitative inquiry analyzed in-depth interviews with adult stakeholders (n = 17) as well as focus group interviews with token youth (n = 85) to explore perceptions of community stress and empowerment in one disadvantaged locale. Each of the 102 total participants helped interrogate the research questions: What does it mean to live in a stressed community? How might youth and adults perceive themselves capable of impacting a stressed community’s quality of life? Emergent themes, which include a nod to the utility of coalition building, are explored. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-721
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Aug 2019

Fingerprint

empowerment
stakeholder
community
interview
substance abuse
coalition
quality of life
violence
health
Group

Keywords

  • Community empowerment
  • coalition building
  • community stress
  • primary prevention
  • substance abuse

Cite this

@article{39540721a7874287805480a33eb67cff,
title = "Exploring community stress and empowerment among stakeholders and youth in an urban community",
abstract = "Community-level stress, such as pervasive substance abuse and violence, can yield negative health and mental heath outcomes for youth from disadvantaged communities. Community empowerment is a process whereby community members work together to increase control in their community. This qualitative inquiry analyzed in-depth interviews with adult stakeholders (n = 17) as well as focus group interviews with token youth (n = 85) to explore perceptions of community stress and empowerment in one disadvantaged locale. Each of the 102 total participants helped interrogate the research questions: What does it mean to live in a stressed community? How might youth and adults perceive themselves capable of impacting a stressed community’s quality of life? Emergent themes, which include a nod to the utility of coalition building, are explored. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are also discussed.",
keywords = "Community empowerment, coalition building, community stress, primary prevention, substance abuse",
author = "Bradley Forenza and Lardier, {David T.} and Robert Reid and Pauline Garcia-Reid and Autumn Bermea",
year = "2019",
month = "8",
day = "18",
doi = "10.1080/10911359.2019.1592734",
language = "English",
volume = "29",
pages = "705--721",
journal = "Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment",
issn = "1091-1359",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "6",

}

Exploring community stress and empowerment among stakeholders and youth in an urban community. / Forenza, Bradley; Lardier, David T.; Reid, Robert; Garcia-Reid, Pauline; Bermea, Autumn.

In: Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Vol. 29, No. 6, 18.08.2019, p. 705-721.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Exploring community stress and empowerment among stakeholders and youth in an urban community

AU - Forenza, Bradley

AU - Lardier, David T.

AU - Reid, Robert

AU - Garcia-Reid, Pauline

AU - Bermea, Autumn

PY - 2019/8/18

Y1 - 2019/8/18

N2 - Community-level stress, such as pervasive substance abuse and violence, can yield negative health and mental heath outcomes for youth from disadvantaged communities. Community empowerment is a process whereby community members work together to increase control in their community. This qualitative inquiry analyzed in-depth interviews with adult stakeholders (n = 17) as well as focus group interviews with token youth (n = 85) to explore perceptions of community stress and empowerment in one disadvantaged locale. Each of the 102 total participants helped interrogate the research questions: What does it mean to live in a stressed community? How might youth and adults perceive themselves capable of impacting a stressed community’s quality of life? Emergent themes, which include a nod to the utility of coalition building, are explored. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are also discussed.

AB - Community-level stress, such as pervasive substance abuse and violence, can yield negative health and mental heath outcomes for youth from disadvantaged communities. Community empowerment is a process whereby community members work together to increase control in their community. This qualitative inquiry analyzed in-depth interviews with adult stakeholders (n = 17) as well as focus group interviews with token youth (n = 85) to explore perceptions of community stress and empowerment in one disadvantaged locale. Each of the 102 total participants helped interrogate the research questions: What does it mean to live in a stressed community? How might youth and adults perceive themselves capable of impacting a stressed community’s quality of life? Emergent themes, which include a nod to the utility of coalition building, are explored. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are also discussed.

KW - Community empowerment

KW - coalition building

KW - community stress

KW - primary prevention

KW - substance abuse

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85067832883&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1080/10911359.2019.1592734

DO - 10.1080/10911359.2019.1592734

M3 - Article

VL - 29

SP - 705

EP - 721

JO - Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

JF - Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment

SN - 1091-1359

IS - 6

ER -