Abstract

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.

LLU Discipline

Marriage and Family Therapy

Department

Counseling and Family Sciences

School

School of Behavioral Health

First Advisor

Wilson, Colwick M.

Second Advisor

Distelberg, Brian

Third Advisor

Dunbar, Stephen G.

Fourth Advisor

Huenergardt, Douglas

Degree Name

Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy (DMFT)

Degree Level

Ph.D.

Year Degree Awarded

2015

Date (Title Page)

9-2015

Language

English

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

Type

Dissertation

Page Count

207

Digital Format

PDF

Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

Usage Rights

This title appears here courtesy of the author, who has granted Loma Linda University a limited, non-exclusive right to make this publication available to the public. The author retains all other copyrights.

Collection

Loma Linda University Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Collection Website

http://scholarsrepository.llu.edu/etd/

Repository

Loma Linda University. Del E. Webb Memorial Library. University Archives

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