Recruitment and Retention in Minority Populations: Lessons Learned in Conducting Research on Health Promotion and Minority Aging / Edition 1

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Despite projections of significant growth in older minority populations, researchers have little more than surface-level appreciation of how cultural factors will shape mental and physical health outcomes. This volume is part of a new wave of studies designed to address the issue of recruiting and retaining minority elders for participation in research studies.

The authors highlight the strengths and weaknesses of a wide array of research designs, ranging from small, in-depth qualitative studies to randomized, controlled behavioral interventions. Several chapters focus on successes with African American, Chinese American, and Mexican American elders. The practical advice contained herein will have great appeal to those working to advance the field of gerontological research.

Disc. trust, acceptance & family support; collaborative rsch design, etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826113757
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Flynn Weitzman, PhD, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Thomas R. Prohaska, PhD, is Director and Professor in the Community Health Sciences Division, and co-director of the Center for Research on Health and Aging, Health Research and Policy Centers, at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.

Sue E. Levkoff, ScD, is an associate professor in psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an associate professor in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She currently serves as the director for the Positive Aging Resource Center, a national technical assistance center for enhancing behavioral health services for older adults.

Marcia G. Ory, PhD, MPH, is professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Health, School of Rural Public Health (SRPH) at The Texas A&M Health Science Center in College Station, Texas. As Director of the Program on Healthy Aging, she is committed to research and practice that enhances the health and well-being of older adults. In her role as director of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored Active for Life National Program Office, she is examining how evidence-based programs can be translated to community settings, expanding program research and sustainability. As part of this effort she has established a Learning Network to serve as the communications hub for the Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Initiative.

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Table of Contents

Preface, Sue E. Levkoff, Thomas R. Prohaska, Patricia Flynn Weitzman, and Marcia G. Ory


A National Program to Enhance Research on Minority Aging and Health Promotion, Marcia G. Ory, Paula Darby Lipman, Robin Barr, J. Taylor Harden, and Sidney M. Stahl


Promoting Minority Health Research at the National Institute of Health, John Ruffin

Recruiting Older Women and Minority Members Into Clinical Trials: An Important Goal for Researchers, Vivian W. Pinn

Contributions of Behavioral and Social Research to Recruitment and Retention of Minority Populations: A Commentary, Norman B. Anderson

Special Articles

Recruiting African Americans for Health Studies: Lessons From the Drew-RAND Center on Health and Aging, Stacey Sinclair, Phyllis Hayes-Reams, Hector F. Myers, Walter Allen, Jennifer Hawes-Dawson, and Raynard Kington

Recruitment of Older African Americans Into Church-Based Exercise Programs, Thomas R. Prohaska, Jacqueline Walcott-McQuigg, Karen E. Peters, and Min Li

Predicting Retention for Older African Americans in a Community Study and a Clinical Study: Does Anything Work? Shawna V. Hudson, Howard Leventhal, Richard Contrada, Elaine A. Leventhal, and Susan Brownlee

Health Promotion Research With Mexican American Elders: Matching Approaches to Settings at the Mediator- and Micro-Levels of Recruitment, Helen P. Hazuda, Meghan Gerety, John W. Williams, Jr., Valerie Lawrence, Walter Calmbach, and Cynthia Mulrow

Minority Populations and Psychophysiologic Research: Challenges in Trust Building and Recruitment, Maya McNeilly, Marc Musick, Jaye R. Efland, Jannie T. Baughman, Paul S. Toth, Terry D. Saulter, Lekeisha Sumner, Andrew Sherwood, Patricia Flynn Weitzman, Sue E. Levkoff, Redford B. Williams, and Norman B. Anderson

The Power of Labels: Recruiting Dementia-Affected Chinese American Elders and Their Caregivers, Zibin Guo, Becca R. Levy, W. Ladson Hinton, Patricia Flynn Weitzman, and Sue E. Levkoff

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