Date of Award:

2002

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Advisor/Chair:

Scot M. Allgood

Abstract

This study explored and expanded a model of community intervention that proposes researcher, practitioner, and community member unification to produce communitywide programs used to improve society. The data were obtained from the community members of Hyrum, Utah, who participated in a needs assessment and then a follow-up survey, which began an examination and refinement process of the city's community programs. Research questions addressed the impact of the community programs in the areas of community safety, cultural relations, and family involvement.

The data suggested that after one year of program implementation, the follow-up study participants perceived a general trend of lowered concern and increased strength within the three areas of study. The results also indicated that although certain programs were utilized by more participants, those programs did not necessarily have the most positive impact on those in the follow-up sample. This study added components of refinement and sensitivity differences to the community intervention model explored.

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