Examining the fit of evidence-based parenting programs in low-resource settings: a survey of practitioners in Panama

Mejia, Anilena, Calam, Rachel and Sanders, Matthew R. (2014) Examining the fit of evidence-based parenting programs in low-resource settings: a survey of practitioners in Panama. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24 8: 2262-2269. doi:10.1007/s10826-014-0028-z


Author Mejia, Anilena
Calam, Rachel
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title Examining the fit of evidence-based parenting programs in low-resource settings: a survey of practitioners in Panama
Journal name Journal of Child and Family Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1062-1024
1573-2843
Publication date 2014-08-03
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10826-014-0028-z
Volume 24
Issue 8
Start page 2262
End page 2269
Total pages 8
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Several international organizations have suggested the need for disseminating existing evidence-based parenting interventions into low-resource settings of the world in order to prevent societal difficulties such as violence. Before dissemination efforts take place, it is important to examine the fit of existing interventions in these contexts. In the present study, 80 practitioners from low-resource communities in Panama, Central America, were surveyed in order to explore their views on materials, principles and strategies of an evidence-based parenting program, the Triple P Positive Parenting Program. This study is part of a larger project in which cultural relevance was also explored from parents' perspective, instruments were translated and validated, and a RCT was carried out to determine efficacy. Practitioners in the present study were psychologists, teachers, social workers and learning disability specialists based in school settings. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data and regression analyses were carried out in order to determine whether socio-demographic variables predicted acceptability scores. Scores for cultural relevance and usefulness of the program were high. A sample of material was found to be interesting, familiar, and acceptable. All practitioners (100 %) expressed a need to implement a parenting program in their community. Only being female and greater hours of consultation per week were associated with greater acceptability. These results have the potential to inform implementation efforts in Panama and the study offers a methodology which can be used to explore the relevance of other programs in other low-resource settings.
Keyword Cultural relevance
Dissemination
Low resource settings
Parenting programs
Prevention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online ahead of print 3 August 2014.

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