The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

4144.0: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - Board 7

Abstract #60478

Culturally Sensitive Research Processes with Pacific Island and Asian American Communities

Gregory Yee Mark, D Crim, Department of Ethnic Studies, California State University at Sacramento, Amador Hall 463c, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6013, 916-278-3536,

Within the body of literature on youth injury and violence, Pacific Island and Asian American youth remain a widely understudied population. One of the impediments to conducting research projects with Pacific Island and Asian American families includes cultural inconsistency with Western research processes. This presentation will overview a major research project conducted by the Asian/Pacific Islander Youth Violence Prevention Center (A/PI Center), which encompassed working with numerous Pacific Island and Asian American communities to understand the most salient risk and protective factors pertinent to their respective populations. Specifically, the A/PI Center worked with Cambodian, Chinese, Hmong, Mien, and Vietnamese communities in Oakland, California, and Filipino, Native Hawaiian, and Samoan communities in Honolulu, Hawaii to guide the research project. Much of the research process involved negotiating the different ways in which standardized surveys were modified to fit various Pacific Island and/or Asian American cultural norms, while keeping their academic legitimacy. Also important was the context in which research took place, which involved simultaneous support in community mobilization efforts with a sustained commitment made by the A/PI Center.

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Keywords: Violence Prevention, Minority Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Report from the CDC-Funded Youth Violence Centers: Poster Session

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA