The strengthening families program 10-14 in Panama: parents' perceptions of cultural fit

Mejia, Anilena, Ulph, Fiona and Calam, Rachel (2016) The strengthening families program 10-14 in Panama: parents' perceptions of cultural fit. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 47 1: 56-65. doi:10.1037/pro0000058


Author Mejia, Anilena
Ulph, Fiona
Calam, Rachel
Title The strengthening families program 10-14 in Panama: parents' perceptions of cultural fit
Journal name Professional Psychology: Research and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1939-1323
0735-7028
Publication date 2016-02
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/pro0000058
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 47
Issue 1
Start page 56
End page 65
Total pages 10
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2016
Abstract Parenting interventions are recommended strategies for preventing emotional and behavioral problems in adolescents. Little is known, however, about the cultural fit of these interventions outside high-income English speaking countries. This is one of the first studies to explore parental perceptions of cultural fit of a well-known American parenting intervention, the Strengthening Families Program 10–14, in low-resource communities in Panama. A qualitative methodology was used with the aim of exploring parents’ perception and recollection of the intervention. Thirty Panamanian parents of adolescents aged 10 to 14 years old who received the intervention between 2010 and 2011 were interviewed in 2012. We were not seeking to assess efficacy of the intervention, but to use the methodology to examine cultural fit. Parents’ narratives were analyzed through thematic analysis. They talked about communication, resilience, community-specific concerns such as perceiving their world as dangerous, and concerns commonly experienced by most parents worldwide such as being worried for children’s academic performance. Findings can be used to inform adaptations to the intervention if disseminated cross-culturally. This participant-driven approach offers a methodology that can be replicated in real-world service delivery settings to explore the cultural fit of interventions with ethnically diverse populations inside the United States or overseas.
Keyword Adolescent health
Culture
Low-resource settings
Parenting interventions
Prevention of substance abuse
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online 14 December 2015

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