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A Multiple Case Study of Neighborhood Partnerships for Positive Youth Development

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Objective: To identify factors associated with successful neighborhood mobilization to prevent teen pregnancy using a positive youth development approach. Methods: A multiple case study was conducted on 5 neighborhood partnerships using in-person interviews with key informants, observation of meetings, and review of existing documents. Results: Competent staff, strong sense of community, support of key organizations, shared leadership, effective group process, and a perceived need for the initiative influenced level of mobilization. Conclusion: Organizing neighborhoods around teen pregnancy prevention, even using a youth development approach, is challenging but can be accomplished when the right constellation of factors is in place.

Keywords: coalitions; community partnerships; neighborhoods; qualitative methods; teen pregnancy prevention; youth development

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. 2: Department of Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center, Oklahoma City, OK.

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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