Prevention Science

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 34–47 | Cite as

Using Community Based Participatory Research to Create a Culturally Grounded Intervention for Parents and Youth to Prevent Risky Behaviors

  • Monica Bermúdez Parsai
  • Felipe González Castro
  • Flavio F. Marsiglia
  • Mary L. Harthun
  • Hector Valdez


The principal goal of this article is to contribute to the field of prevention science by providing a sequential description of how Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) was used to develop a parent education curriculum aimed at preventing and decreasing adolescent drug use and risky sexual behaviors. CBPR principles are outlined, and information is provided on the unique contributions of researchers and community members who came together to develop this parent education program. Focus group information is presented as an exemplar to illustrate how thematic content from focus groups was used to inform the development of this parent education curriculum. A step by step description is given to facilitate replication of this process by other prevention researchers who are interested in applying this CBPR approach to develop a culturally responsive parent education intervention.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Bermúdez Parsai
    • 1
  • Felipe González Castro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Flavio F. Marsiglia
    • 1
    • 3
  • Mary L. Harthun
    • 1
  • Hector Valdez
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Southwest Interdisciplinary Research CenterArizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  3. 3.School of Social WorkArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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