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Dialogue to Deliberation: Expanding the Empowerment Education Model
American Journal of Health Behavior (2009)
  • Laura H. Downey, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Chike Anyaegbunam, University of Kentucky
  • F. Douglas Scutchfield, University of Kentucky

Objective: To explore the importance of a theoretical framework, the Empowerment education model (EEM), that can be used in participatory research. A deliberative project in one community in eastern Kentucky exemplifies the use of the EEM in participatory research.

Methods: Research techniques include surveys, focus groups, community forums, and photovoice.

Results: This project presents preliminary evidence that participatory projects might benefit if the dialogue phase of the EEM is followed by a deliberative phase.

Conclusion: The theoretical underpinnings of the EEM could be expanded to include dialogue and deliberation in participatory efforts.

  • dialogue,
  • deliberation,
  • empowerment,
  • health education theory,
  • participatory action research
Publication Date
January 1, 2009
Publisher Statement
© 2009 PNG Publications.
Citation Information
Laura H. Downey, Chike Anyaegbunam and F. Douglas Scutchfield. "Dialogue to Deliberation: Expanding the Empowerment Education Model" American Journal of Health Behavior Vol. 33 Iss. 1 (2009)
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