Community-based participatory research partnerships in quantitative studies on migrants: An integrative review

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Objective: This integrative study reviewed quantitative community- based participatory research (CBPR) studies on adult migrant populations and ex­amined CBPR partnerships with community representatives. Method: The search identified relevant studies via MEDLINE, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, and PsychInfo databases. Results: From the original 476 stud­ies identified, a final sample of 26 studies focusing on migrants' health and health care was selected. CBPR community representatives were comprised of members of the public or staff recruited from a variety of sites (e.g., churches, hospitals). The ethnicity of community representatives matched the respondents of the target pop­ulation in all studies, but few studies (n = 3) reported the migrant status (e.g., ref­ugees) of the study sample. Conclusions: Although immigration status is among the societal characteristics that can lead to discrimination (i.e., intersectionality), this integrative review found that the majority of CBPR studies targeting migrants either did not specify the type of migrant group included or combined disparate migrant groups (e.g., migrants with and without documentation). Terms such as migrants, refugees, and immigrants were used interchangeably. Careful attention must be paid to the selection of community representatives to better represent the population of interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-407
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the Society for Social Work and Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2021

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  • Community partnership
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Integrative review
  • Intersectionality
  • Migrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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