This paper presents the findings of two participatory community assessments conducted in Punta Raton and El Venado, two small coastal towns in Southern Honduras. The community assessments were designed and implemented to establish a baseline of community awareness and action, an important step in community development and environmental sustainability. The aim was to: build community partnerships, identify key stakeholders, facilitate dialogues about concerns, identify local and external resources required for progress, and construct actions plans targeting key communal concerns. The assessments were found to be successful in engaging community members and identifying local needs and resources. However, challenges in intervention development and implementation were also encountered. A number of cultural factors were also found to be important in shaping community organization and wellness. This paper details the findings of the two assessments, recommendations for future community development efforts are identified, and implications for Marriage and Family Therapists doing community based work in international contexts are explored.
Marriage and Family Therapy
Counseling and Family Sciences
School of Behavioral Health
Wilson, Colwick M.
Dunbar, Stephen G.
Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy (DMFT)
Year Degree Awarded
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Social Problems - Honduras - Citizen Participation; Community psychology - Honduras; Community Development - Honduras - Citizen participation; Community-Based Participatory Research; Public Health - Honduras
Subject - Local
Community assessments; Punta Raton, Honduras; El Venado, Honduras; Community organization and wellness
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Chapman, Carizma Amila, "Communities in Action: Participatory Assessments as an Initial Stage in Critical Consciousness Raising and Community Capacity Building" (2015). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. Paper 345.
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