American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 54, Issue 1–2, pp 180–186 | Cite as

Most of the Story is Missing: Advocating for a More Complete Intervention Story

  • Edison J. TrickettEmail author
  • Joseph E. Trimble
  • James Allen

“Citizen participation means a horizontal, equal relationship. It means relating with the other at the same level. One understands one’s usefulness as part of the solidarity produced within the relationship. Accepting the otherness involves admitting different modes of knowing and making possible the dialogue and the relation with the other in a plane of equality based on the acceptance of our own differences.” (Montero 2004, p. 251).

Venezuelan community psychologist Maritza Montero’s thoughtful reflection focuses on power, relationships, and differences in community research and intervention. These three concepts are intricately intertwined in the history and practice of community-based research described in this special issue. Here, we address conceptual and pragmatic issues raised in these papers and advocate for field-based researchers to establish community relationships built on trust and respect for culturally grounded lifeways and thoughtways. Montero’s clarion call to...


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This research was funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the National Center for Research Resources [R21AA016098-01, RO1AA11446; R21AA016098; R24MD001626; P20RR061430].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edison J. Trickett
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joseph E. Trimble
    • 2
  • James Allen
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Community and Prevention Research, Department of Psychology (MC 285)University of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyWestern Washington UniversityBellinghamUSA
  3. 3.University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth CampusMinneapolisUSA
  4. 4.Center for Alaska Native Health ResearchUniversity of AlaskaFairbanksUSA

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