Book Chapter

Working with Minority Groups in Developed Countries

L Gibbs, M Abebe, E Riggs

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Evidence Policy and Practice | Published : 2010

Abstract

Ethnic diversity adds to the complexity of developing and implementing effective community - based obesity prevention research and programs. Models of cultural competence in public health research provide guidance in working with minority groups in developed countries. Working with minority groups requires researchers and practitioners to be reflective about their own cultural framework. Flexibility in communication styles, research processes, program strategies and methodologies increases the potential for meaningful involvement of minority groups. Respectful, participatory approaches allow for mutual knowledge exchange and support relevant research and program outcomes. Culturally competen..

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