Building and Sustaining Community Partnerships for Teen Pregnancy Prevention: A Working Paper. 4. Preparing for Potential Resistance


Preparing for potential resistance is another important step in community mobilization. Studies of partnerships found resistance in community politics(71) and in community distrust and suspicion of outsiders, especially official bodies and their representatives(72) and especially when the partnership mission is imposed from outside.(73) There were also unexpected barriers to partnerships from those who might be adversely affected by the effort(74) and in well organized opposition groups without popular, local support.(75) Including potential opponents in planning is advocated by some.(76) Several studies noted that the climate continues to change over the life of the partnership, so monitoring the environment and adjusting to new conditions is an on-going part of maintaining the association.(77)