This article is based on the first author's dissertation, presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Ph.D. degree at Michigan State University. The dissertation committee was chaired by the second author. We are grateful to Drs. Deborah Bybee, William Ewens, and Ellen Strommen for thier support and guidance. A very special thanks is extended to members of the Lansing Area Homeless Persons Union and other research participants involved in the project. We also thank the editor and an anonymous reviewer for their helpful and constructive commnets on an earlier draft of this article. The research reported in this article was supported in part by a Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) Grants-In-Aid award of $1000, by partially matching funds of $500 from the Michigan State University Psychology Department, and by a George Fairweather Fund award of $300.
Participatory Research's Contribution to a Conceptualization of Empowerment1
Article first published online: 15 AUG 2006
1992 V. H. Winston & Sons, Inc.
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 22, Issue 24, pages 1894–1908, December 1992
How to Cite
Yeich, S. and Levine, R. (1992), Participatory Research's Contribution to a Conceptualization of Empowerment. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 22: 1894–1908. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1992.tb01529.x
- Issue published online: 15 AUG 2006
- Article first published online: 15 AUG 2006
Empowerment has emerged in recent years as a popular strategy for addressing social issues. A potential intervention approach for applied researchers interested in studying empowerment is participatory research (PR). PR is a theory and intervention approach for involving oppressed people in the study of and solutions to social problems. It is a strategy that works to transform social structure to benefit oppressed people.
This article examines PR's contribution to a conceptualization of empowerment on both a theoretical and applied level. First, PR literature and its conceptualization of empowerment are described. Following this, PR is proposed as an intervention approach for applied researchers interested in studying empowerment. A case study involving the formation of a Homeless Persons Union is provided as an example of applied PR.