This article reports on a collaboration between researchers and Alaska Native communities in two studies about promoting sobriety.
Community members were involved as members of a co-ordinating council co-directing the project and as research staff, field workers and translators. They provided input into the design, structure and content of interview schedules, conducted a number of the interviews and helped with the data analysis.
The involvement of community members:
Community co-researchers benefited personally from hearing other people's stories about how they coped with alcohol abuse. This helped one individual cope better with his own alochol problem. They also developed and improved their research skills throughout the course of the project, which encouraged another individual to enrol at graduate school.
The university researchers benefited from learning about how to engage with Native communities and about the types of research procedures that are acceptable to those communities.
The project has led to the development of a new intervention that will be tested in future. The research has provided evidence that the model intervention is culturally relevant which will be important in future funding applications.
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Date Entered: 2009/01/27
Date Edited: 2012/11/20