Engaging Vulnerable Youth in Community-Based Participatory Research: Opportunities and Challenges

Melissa Tremblay, Bethan Kingsley, Gary Benthem, Rebecca Gokiert


Drawing on a current community-university (c-u) partnership project as a case study, this paper discusses the opportunities and challenges that can arise when conducting research with vulnerable young people. First, an overview of our c-u project is provided. Next, we share challenges, promising practices, and ethical considerations with respect to participant recruitment, data collection, as well as data analysis and dissemination. Finally, conclusions are offered for those seeking to engage vulnerable youth in research.


vulnerable youth; community engagement; collaboration; teen parents

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