Community Based Participatory Research and Youth Tobacco Control: A Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis



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University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work


Researchers have long sought to document best practices in both youth smoking prevention and cessation programming. Of the numerous interventions targeting tobacco use among youth, community based participatory research (CBPR) has increasingly gained popularity. Through the use of qualitative interpretive meta-synthesis (QIMS), this article provides a synthesis of CBPR studies used as the intervention approach involving youth and tobacco control. The exploratory research question was: what do CBPR projects add to the tobacco intervention spectrum? Several themes emerged including challenges, solutions, and opportunities. Results indicate as these interventions continue to be realized and their processes and outcomes assessed, partnerships can enhance the quality and effectiveness of such approaches. Implications include a greater need to document tobacco prevention CBPR projects in the scholarly forum and a need for clarity in documenting the impact, not just the process, of a CBPR project utilized for tobacco prevention and cessation.



Perspectives on Social Work, Pamela Hancock Bowers, CBPR, Tobacco Prevention, Youth, Community Interventions, Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis (QIMS), Perspectives on Social Work, Social work, CBPR, Tobacco Prevention, Youths, Community Interventions, Qualitative Interpretive Meta-Synthesis (QIMS)