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Sustaining University-Community Partnerships in Providing Relationship Education: A Longitudinal Qualitative Case Study


  • J. Mitchell Vaterlaus
  • Linda Skogrand
  • Kay Bradford
  • Brian J. Higginbotham


Relationship education (RE) has gained much public attention as classes have been implemented through state relationship initiatives. Developing university-community partnerships in implementing RE has been thought to increase access to underserved populations and increase awareness of healthy relationships in a community. Evaluation of these partnerships is just beginning. This three year longitudinal qualitative study represents five Cooperative Extension faculty members’ experiences with university-community partnerships in providing RE on a county level. Faculty members described their experiences identifying partners and outcomes from establishing partnerships and forming and sustaining partnerships. Results are discussed in terms of interdisciplinary university-community partnership literature and implications.
  • Year: 2015
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 1
  • Page/Article: 3-14
  • DOI: 10.54656/OMAK6878
  • Published on 1 Aug 2022