Bi-National cross-validation of an evidence-based conduct problem prevention model

Carolyn M Porta, Michael L Bloomquist, Diego Garcia-Huidobro, Rafael Gutiérrez, Leticia Vega, Rosita Balch, Xiaohui Yu, Daniel K. Cooper

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Objectives: To (a) explore the preferences of Mexican parents and Spanish-speaking professionals working with migrant Latino families in Minnesota regarding the Mexican-adapted brief model versus the original conduct problems intervention and (b) identifying the potential challenges, and preferred solutions, to implementation of a conduct problems preventive intervention. Method: The core practice elements of a conduct problems prevention program originating in the United States were adapted for prevention efforts in Mexico. Three focus groups were conducted in the United States, with Latino parents (n=24; 2 focus groups) and professionals serving Latino families (n=9; 1 focus group), to compare and discuss the Mexican-adapted model and the original conduct problems prevention program. Thematic analysis was conducted on the verbatim focus group transcripts in the original language spoken. Results: Participants preferred the Mexican-adapted model. The following key areas were identified for cultural adaptation when delivering a conduct problems prevention program with Latino families: recruitment/enrollment strategies, program delivery format, and program content (i.e., child skills training, parent skills training, child-parent activities, and child-parent support). For both models, strengths, concerns, barriers, and strategies for overcoming concerns and barriers were identified. Conclusions: We summarize recommendations offered by participants to strengthen the effective implementation of a conduct problems prevention model with Latino families in the United States. This project demonstrates the strength in binational collaboration to critically examine cultural adaptations of evidence-based prevention programs that could be useful to diverse communities, families, and youth in other settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-241
Number of pages11
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2018


  • Conduct disorders
  • Cultural adaptation
  • Latino families
  • Parenting
  • Qualitative


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