Theoretical versus grass-roots development of a community partnership

Socorro Escandón

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine Bracht, Kingbury, and Rissel's five-stage community development model as applied to a grass-roots community action group. The sample consisted of low-income, predominantly Hispanic women in a community action group in a Southwestern barrio, some of whom were experiencing domestic violence. The community group organizer was interviewed, and a content analytic table was constructed. Results showed that the community group's efforts would have benefited from a theoretically organized approach. The window of opportunity continues to be open for community development researchers to offer theoretical assistance to groups that are forming and to those already formed to help them realize their goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-155
Number of pages14
JournalQualitative Report
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Community action
  • Community development model
  • Grass roots
  • Hispanic women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education


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