Using qualitative inquiry and participatory research approaches to develop prevention research: Validating a life course perspective

Janna Lesser, Deborah Koniak-Griffin

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Application of life course theory (LCT) holds promise for advancing knowledge toward the elimination of health disparities. This article validates the usefulness of employing a life course perspective when conducting health disparities research. We provide an overview of LCT as it applies to our research program in prevention of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among Latino teen parents. We illustrate the goodness-of-fit of our research with the basic premises of LCT. Though early adverse life experiences impact health over the lifespan, strength-based HIV prevention programs designed for Latino teen parents that recognize the reality of their lives may alter their health trajectory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-41
Number of pages8
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013



  • health disparities
  • life course perspective
  • participatory research approaches
  • qualitative inquiry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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