Community transformational resilience for adolescent alcohol prevention

Andrea Romero, Elisa Meza, Josefina Ahumada, Michele Orduña, Juan Johnny Quevedo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The purpose of this chapter is to summarize the work presented in this book about how South Tucson Prevention Coalition created community transformational resilience to prevent adolescent alcohol use. Community transformational resilience is the ability of a collective group to transform their community in a manner that increases protective factors and limits risk factors. Community was created through the building of a coalition based on personalismo (value of personal relationships and positive communication) that was comprised of youth, community members, university researchers, and outside agencies. Transformation was built through the process of participatory action research in order to ensure equal participation in dialogue to increase critical consciousness of societal factors for adolescent alcohol use that lead to community-led/youth-led research. Resilience was created because the coalition changed the community environment by increasing community norms of disapproval of adolescent alcohol use and by limiting access to alcohol. Understanding community levels of readiness for change was valuable to creating incremental, yet exponential changes over time to prevent adolescent alcohol use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationYouth-Community Partnerships for Adolescent Alcohol Prevention
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319260303
ISBN (Print)9783319260280
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Community transformational resilience
  • Prevention
  • Resilience
  • Underage drinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine


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