Implementation of an evidence-based parenting programme with a Latina population: feasibility and preliminary outcomes

Publication Date09 December 2014
Pages295-306
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-04-2014-0024
AuthorKya Fawley-King,Emily Trask,Nancy E. Calderón,Gregory A. Aarons,Ann F. Garland
SubjectHealth & social care,Vulnerable groups,Children's services
Implementation of an evidence-based
parenting programme with a Latina
population: feasibility and
preliminary outcomes
Kya Fawley-King, Emily Trask, Nancy E. Caldero
´n, Gregory A. Aarons and Ann F. Garland
Dr Kya Fawley-King and
Dr Emily Trask are both Senior
Mental Health Researchers,
based at Department of
Psychiatry, University of
California, San Diego,
California, USA and Child and
Adolescent Services Research
Center (CASRC), San Diego,
California, USA.
Dr Nancy E. Caldero
´nisa
Graduate Student Researcher,
based at Department of Health
Policy & Management,
University of California,
Los Angeles, California, USA.
Dr Gregory A. Aarons is a
Professor, based at
Department of Psychiatry,
University of California,
San Diego, California, USA and
Child and Adolescent Services
Research Center (CASRC),
San Diego, California, USA.
Dr Ann F. Garland is a
Professor and the Department
Chair, based at Department of
School, Family & Mental Health
Professions, University of
San Diego, San Diego,
California, USA and the Deputy
Director, Child and Adolescent
Services Research Center
(CASRC), San Diego,
California, USA.
Abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the implementation and adaptation of group TripleP, an
evidence-based parenting intervention developed in Australia, for a Latina population living in the USA.
Design/methodology/approach – Mothers with pre-school age children participated in the programme,
which was offered by a community mental health agency. The final study sample consisted of
174 Latina mothers.
Findings – Participation in group Triple P was associated with clinically significant improvements in
maternal mental health, parenting styles, and child behaviour problems. Additionally, mothers reported high
levels of satisfaction with the programme.
Practical implications – TripleP is a promising intervention for Latina caregivers who are concerned about
the behaviour of their young children. It can be implemented successfully into community-based mental
health care systems.
Originality/value – This is the first study to examine the applicability of Triple P to Latina caregivers.
Keywords Parenting, Cultural adaptation, Behaviour problems, Latina, Evidence-based practice, Triple P
Paper type Research paper
Introduction
While there are several empirically supported parent training programmes for young children
with behaviour problems, these programmes have not been extensively tested with minority
populations. There has been some debate in the field about the extent to which the impact of
many empirically supported treatments (ESTs) generalise across different cultures (Bernal et al.,
2009; Lau, 2006). Concerns that ESTs lack cultural sensitivity and that they may be ineffective
with children who are minorities have prompted calls to modify ESTs with culturally relevant
adaptations (Lau, 2006). Particularly, parent training programmes may require adaptation
because parenting techniques are often influenced by culture (Barker et al., 2010).
Triple P-Positive Parenting Programme, a parent training programme based on social learning
theory (Sanders et al., 2003) has been shown to be efficacious in several randomised controlled
trials (RCTs).To date, there are no published studies that report on Triple P utilisation with Latino
populations. The applicability of Triple P to Latino parents is important to consider because
Latinos are the largest minority group in the USA, and according to census projections, Latinos
will account for almost a quarter of the population in 2050 (US Census Bureau, 2004). Currently,
TripleP is increasingly being implemented in many service systems in the USA. If Triple P is to be
DOI 10.1108/JCS-04-2014-0024 VOL. 9 NO. 4 2014, pp. 295-306, CEmerald Group Publishing Limited, ISSN 1746-6660
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