Building a Latino youth program: Using concept mapping to identify community-based strategies for success

John W. Ridings, Lissette M. Piedra, Julio C. Capeles, Raquel Rodríguez, Fernando Freire, Soo Jung Byoun

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In this study, a mixed methodology called concept mapping was used to bring 233 community members together to identify culturally relevant intervention strategies that could be used in developing a program for Latino youth. Three phases of data collection were completed to generate and rank 66 desirable strategies clustered around three goals: 1) staying in school, 2) developing positive social and family roles, and 3) bridging American and Latino cultures. An analysis of the rankings revealed differences in priorities between youth and adults. The results indicate that concept mapping can be useful in the development of community-based programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-49
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011



  • Community organization
  • Concept mapping
  • Conceptual framework
  • Latino youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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