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Closing The Gap between Two Countries: Feasibility of Dissemination Of An Evidence-Based Parenting Intervention in México


  • This project was funded by the Mexican federal government (Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, DIF Nacional); the Nuevo León state government (Desarrollo Integral de la Familia, DIF Estatal); the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul; the Michigan State University (MSU) College of Social Science, the MSU department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), and the MSU Office of the Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement (UOE). We express our deep gratitude to Marion Forgatch, ISII Executive Director, and Laura Rains, ISII Director of Implementation and Training, for their resolved and continuous support as we have engaged in dissemination efforts with underserved populations in the United States and abroad. We would also like to sincerely thank DIF Estatal administrators (particularly Dr. Alejandro Morton) and staff, including the highly talented professionals involved in this project. This study could not have been possible without their extraordinary commitment. Finally, we would like to acknowledge the critical support received by the University of Minnesota and MSU.


In this manuscript, we describe the initial steps of an international program of prevention research in Monterrey, México. Specifically, we present a feasibility study focused on exploring the level of acceptability reported by a group of Mexican mothers who were exposed to a culturally adapted parenting intervention originally developed in the United States. The efficacious intervention adapted in this investigation is known as Parent Management Training, the Oregon Model (PMTO®). Following a description of our international partnership, we describe the implementation of the pilot study aimed at determining initial feasibility. Qualitative data provided by 40 Mexican mothers exposed to the culturally adapted parenting intervention illustrate the participants’ high level of receptivity toward the intervention, as well as the beneficial impact on their parenting practices.