JOURNAL ARTICLE

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

Michele L Allen, A Veronica Svetaz, G Ali Hurtado, Roxana Linares, Diego Garcia-Huidobro, Monica Hurtado
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action 2013, 7 (3): 271-9
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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.

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