Latinx Mental Health Scholars' Experiences with Cultural Adaptation and Implementation of Systemic Family Interventions

Daniel K. Cooper, Elizabeth Wieling, Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, Diego Garcia-Huidobro, Ana Baumann, Anilena Mejia, Huynh Nhu Le, Esteban V. Cardemil, Ignacio D. Acevedo-Polakovich

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An increasing number of culturally adapted family-level interventions address mental health disparities with marginalized populations in the United States. However, with these developments many barriers have arisen, such as challenges with degree of cultural fit, engagement, and sustainability. We conducted 12 elite phenomenological interviews with mental health scholars involved in prevention and intervention family research with various Latinx communities within and outside of the United States. These scholars discussed their experiences of overcoming barriers in their research. We used thematic analysis to code and analyze participant responses, and our findings support the gaps in previous literature and highlight potential pathways to overcoming barriers in cultural adaptation research. Themes included the need for: (a) better understanding of the intersection between culture and context; (b) community-centered approaches to addressing implementation challenges; and (c) structural changes within institutional, governmental, and political levels. We discuss implications for researchers and practitioners working with Latinx families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)492-508
Number of pages17
JournalFamily process
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020

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  • Cultural and Ethnic Diversity
  • Dissemination & Implementation
  • Elite Interviews
  • Evidence Based Interventions
  • Phenomenology
  • Qualitative Research

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  • Journal Article
  • Video-Audio Media


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