Padres Preparados, Jóvenes Saludables: A Randomized Controlled Trial to Test Effects of a Community-Based Intervention on Latino Father’s Parenting Practices

Aysegul Baltaci, Ghaffar Ali Hurtado Choque, Cynthia Davey, Alejandro Reyes Peralta, Silvia Alvarez de Davila, Youjie Zhang, Abby Gold, Nicole Larson, Marla Reicks

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Parenting practices have been associated with adolescent lifestyle behaviors and weight status. Evidence is limited regarding the efficacy of interventions to address father influences on adolescent lifestyle behaviors through availability and modeling practices. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to evaluate changes in father parenting practices after Latino families with adolescents participated in the Padres Preparados Jóvenes Saludables (Padres) program. Time-1 (baseline) and Time-2 (post-intervention) data were used from Latino father/adolescent (10–14 years) dyads enrolled in the Padres two-arm (intervention vs. delayed-treatment control group) randomized controlled trial in four community locations. The program had eight weekly, 2.5-h experiential learning sessions on food preparation, parenting practices, nutrition, and physical activity. Two types of parenting practices (role modeling and home food availability) were assessed by father report via questionnaire for each of 7 lifestyle behaviors, for a total of 14 parenting practices. Linear regression mixed models were used to evaluate the intervention effects. A total of 94 father/adolescent dyads completed both Time-1 and Time-2 evaluations. Significant positive intervention effects were found for frequencies of fruit modeling (p = 0.002) and screen time modeling (p = 0.039). Non-significant results were found for the other 12 father parenting practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4967
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded by the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, grant number 2016-68001-24921, from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Funding Information:
The authors thank the participants, community partners, and organizations for their participation and support; and graduate and undergraduate students for their help in the development of the program, facilitating the program, and collecting evaluation data. Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health Award Number UL1-TR002494. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Latino fathers
  • community-based intervention
  • father’s parenting practices
  • lifestyle behaviors
  • randomized controlled trial

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  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Journal Article


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