Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



Committee Chair(s)

Gretchen A. Gimpel


Carolyn Barcus


Donna Gilbertson


Few parent training programs that address the improvement of coercive or negative parent-child interactions in culturally diverse populations exist in the literature; of the few that do exist, there is sparse empirical information on program effectiveness. Because parent training is an effective way to address parent-child interaction, parent training programs are discussed in the context of the values of African Americans, Asian Americans, Caucasian Americans, Latino Americans, and Native Americans. A review of the literature on values and culturally-specific and culturally adapted parenting programs was conducted as was a review of programs that have been modified for culturally diverse groups. Some of the programs reviewed are Effective Black Parenting Program, a program delivered through the Houston Parent-Child Development Center, Los Ninos Bien Educados, a program delivered in the Mercedes Independent School District, Positive Indian Parenting, and the Strengthening Families Program. Literature-based recommendations are offered for professionals seeking to improve intervention services to families of diverse cultural backgrounds.

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