The developmental stages of a community-university partnership: The experience of Padres Informados/Jovenes Preparados

Michele L Allen, María Veronica Svetaz, Ghaffar A Hurtado, Roxana Linares, Diego Garcia-Huidobro Munita, Monica Hurtado

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Abstract

Background: Strong and sustained community-university partnerships are necessary for community-based participatory translational research. Little attention has been paid to understanding the trajectory of research partnerships from a developmental perspective. Objective: To propose a framework describing partnership development and maturation based on Erikson's eight stages of psychosocial development and describe how our collaboration is moving through those stages. Methods: Collaborators engaged in three rounds of iterative reflection regarding characteristics and contributors to the maturation of the Padres Informados/Jovenes Preparados (Informed Parents/Prepared Youth [PI/JP]) partnership. Lessons Learned: Each stage is characterized by broad developmental partnership tasks. Conflict or tension within the partnership is often a part of achieving the associated tasks. The strengths developed at each stage prepare the partnership for challenges associated with subsequent stages. Conclusions: This framework could provide a means for partnerships to reflect on their strengths and challenges at a given time point, and to help understand why some partnerships fail whereas others achieve maturity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-279
Number of pages9
JournalProgress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Community health partnerships
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Health disparities
  • Health promotion
  • Power sharing

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