A culture-centered approach to analyzing the community-grounded partnership between falling links and rural Harvey County Kansas

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Archiopoli, Ashley Marie
Ballard-Reisch, Deborah

This thesis conducted a secondary analysis of Falling LinKS Stage 1 data using the alternative frame of the culture-centered approach. The secondary analysis assessed 1) what insights the culture-centered approach offered to understanding Stage 1 data from the Falling LinKS initiative 2) to what extent is the culture-centered approach applicable to the context of a community-grounded falls prevention initiative in rural Harvey County, Kansas. Both deductive and inductive thematic analyses were used for analysis. Concepts from the culture-centered approach were used as the foundation for the deductive thematic analysis. Nine themes and four sub-themes emerged from the secondary analysis. Inductive thematic analysis was used to compare findings from the initial and secondary analyses. The analysis assessed differences and similarities between the two approaches. The secondary analysis undertaken in this study served to enhance initial findings by applying the alternative frame of the culture-centered approach. Benefits are two-fold, first to ensure that the most effective falls prevention initiative has been developed for Harvey County. Secondly, using the culture-centered approach as the frame for secondary analysis provided the opportunity to examine the efficacy of the approach when applied to a rural context. This thesis provided Falling LinKS with a more comprehensive understanding of the Harvey County context and guidelines for more appropriate integration of Falling LinKS within the County in ways that are most meaningful and beneficial to older adults. In conjunction, this thesis evaluated the efficacy of the culture-centered approach.

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Thesis (M.S.)--Wichita State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Elliott School of Communication