Promoting Community Empowerment Among Rural Tibetans in China Using Focus Group Discussions

Promoting Community Empowerment Among Rural Tibetans in China Using Focus Group Discussions

Author Ljunggren, Anethe Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Huang, Zuli Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Wang, Fang Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Johansson, Eva Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract We had two aims in conducting this study: to explore if focus group discussions (FGDs) could empower rural Tibetans in Western China to recognize their own needs and potential, and to investigate if the process could be monitored by way of repeat FGDs. Five FGDs were conducted among each of three focus groups (FGs) over a 5-year period, amounting to 15 FGDs. the FG participants also took part in volunteer training and in community practice. Content analysis was used to analyze the transcripts of the FGD sessions. Our findings indicate that repeat FGDs can be used as a tool to monitor the process of community empowerment. the method can motivate community members to take part in their own development, improve their self-awareness, and help them become conscious of the real issues facing the community.
Keywords community capacity and development
empowerment
focus groups
health behavior
vulnerable populations
Language English
Date 2010-09-01
Published in Qualitative Health Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications Inc, v. 20, n. 9, p. 1183-1191, 2010.
ISSN 1049-7323 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Sage Publications Inc
Extent 1183-1191
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049732310370787
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000280688100003
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/32899

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