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Cultural Adaptation of Group Parenting Programs: Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Best Practices

Citation

Schilling, Samantha; Mebane, Alexander; & Perreira, Krista M. (Online ahead of print). Cultural Adaptation of Group Parenting Programs: Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Best Practices. Family Process.

Abstract

Group parenting programs based on cognitive-behavioral and social learning principles are effective in improving child behavior problems and positive parenting. However, most programs target non-Hispanic, White, English-speaking families and are largely inaccessible to a growing Hispanic and non-White population in the United States. We sought to examine the extent to which researchers have culturally adapted group parenting programs by conducting a systematic review of the literature. We identified 41 articles on 23 distinct culturally adapted programs. Most cultural adaptations focused on language translation and staffing, with less focus on modification of concepts and methods, and on optimizing the fit between the target cultural group and the program goals. Only one of the adapted programs engaged a framework to systematically record and publish the adaptation process. Fewer than half of the culturally adapted programs were rigorously evaluated. Additional investment in cultural adaptation and subsequent evaluation of parenting programs is critical to meet the needs of all US families.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/famp.12658

Reference Type

Journal Article

Article Type

Regular

Year Published

Online ahead of print

Journal Title

Family Process

Author(s)

Schilling, Samantha
Mebane, Alexander
Perreira, Krista M.

Continent/Country

United States of America

State

Nonspecific

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latinx
Non-White