Parenting Interventions and Latino Families: Research Findings, Cultural Adaptations, and Future Directions

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Handbook of U.S. Latino Psychology: Developmental and Community-Based Perspectives


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The development of parenting and behavioral family interventions, and the documenting of their effectiveness in eliminating or decreasing the risk of conduct problems in children, has grown into a substantial literature (Brestan & Eyberg, 1998; Farmer, Compton, Burns, & Robertson, 2002; Kazdin & Weisz, 1998; Taylor & Biglan, 1998). Not surprisingly, the literature is much more advanced in knowledge about mainstream families. Some advances have been made in recent years pertaining to ethnic minority families. Three interventions, with robust findings and with samples of Latino families and children, are discussed in this chapter: The Incredible Years, developed by Carolyn Webster-Stratton; Parent Child Interaction Therapy, developed by Sheila Eyberg; and Parent Management Training, which represents the category of behaviorally based interventions directed at parents only and is most often associated with Marion Forgatch and her colleagues in Oregon and with Alan Kazdin and his colleagues. This chapter reviews these three interventions and their effectiveness with Latino children and families. To frame the discussion, we begin by discussing concepts and models for cultural adaptations to make interventions more accessible and acceptable to Latino parents. We then review the interventions and outcomes with Latino parents. We close with recommendations for future research and clinical practice.


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