Maternal and Child Health Journal

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 215–224

Minority Health Risk Behaviors: An Introduction to Research on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Violence, Pregnancy Prevention and Substance Use

  • Dorothy C. Browne
  • Patricia A. Clubb
  • Alison M. B. Aubrecht
  • Melvin Jackson

DOI: 10.1023/A:1013077404562

Cite this article as:
Browne, D.C., Clubb, P.A., Aubrecht, A.M.B. et al. Matern Child Health J (2001) 5: 215. doi:10.1023/A:1013077404562


Aims: The goal of this article is to introduce the Research on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Violence, and Pregnancy Prevention Project (RSVPP), which represents one response of the National Institutes of Health to reduce health disparities in racial and ethnic populations. Methods: As part of this effort, seven independent projects were funded to design, implement, and evaluate community-based intervention strategies aimed at reducing risk behaviors among minority youth. The interventions and research designs varied across the sites; however, all sites included a common set of questions in their questionnaires. This study focuses on the lessons learned about community-based research across all sites. Results: Sites learned many lessons regarding community-based research, including: the value of building trust, the dynamic nature of communities, the intensive time and resources necessary for success, dissimilarities between researcher and community goals, the value of clear communication, the importance of recognizing the contribution of community members and expressing gratitude for their efforts; the difficulty of disseminating findings regarding sensitive topics, and the need for continuation of interventions. Conclusion: Community involvement posed challenges, but enhanced the quality of the implementation and the evaluation of the interventions. This special issue includes findings from the RSVPP sites.

community-based researchadolescent behaviorviolencesexually transmitted diseasespregnancysubstance useminority groupsethnic groupshealth disparitiesprevention

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy C. Browne
    • 1
  • Patricia A. Clubb
    • 2
  • Alison M. B. Aubrecht
    • 3
  • Melvin Jackson
    • 4
  1. 1.Drug Abuse Research ProgramMorgan State UniversityBaltimore
  2. 2.Department of Maternal and Child HealthUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel Hill
  3. 3.Department of Psychology: Social and Health SciencesDuke UniversityDurham
  4. 4.North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public HealthNorth Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and ControlRaleigh