Research Into Action, RIA for short, helps coalitions bridge the gap between research and practice in the coalition field by keeping coalitions current on research findings relevant to their work. In addition, this series provides actionable steps for coalitions to incorporate the knowledge gained into community action.
This issue is based on an article titled Comparing the functioning of youth and adult partnerships for health promotion by Dr. Louis Brown that appeared in the 2015 issue of American Journal of Community Psychology.
- When compared to adult coalitions, youth coalitions exhibit almost identical levels of internal and external coalition functioning needed to implement effective prevention strategies.
- Youth and adult coalition members that dedicate the most time per month to coalition activities are more likely to rate their coalitions positively on characteristics of internal and external functioning.
- Youth and adult coalition members that believe coalition leadership seek out their views, ask for assistance with specific tasks and allow space for different opinions to be voiced are more likely to take on multiple coalition roles.
- Compared to adults, youth coalition members report more benefits from coalition involvement and view their coalition leadership as more skilled.
- Youth coalition members report more difficulties associated with participating in coalition activities than adults such as interference with their personal time and other responsibilities.