Parents are important for healthy child development. Parenting programs help mothers and fathers improve their parenting practices; however, reduced participation diminishes the impact of these interventions. Using mixed methods and a factorial approach, this study examined the needs and preferences for an ideal parenting program for Latino families. Participants included Latino fathers and mothers with low and high attendance to a prior parenting program, and those without previous experience in parenting education. Evaluated domains included intervention characteristics, promotion, recruitment, and retention strategies, and places for program delivery. Mothers and fathers with adolescents aged 10-14 years (n=36) completed a semi-structured individual interview and a survey in Spanish. Data were collected until reaching qualitative data saturation. Qualitative data were analyzed in the original language following the procedures of Content Analysis. Quantitative data were summarized using descriptive statistics. Qualitative and quantitative data were merged using side-by-side comparisons. Subgroup analyses compared responses based on parent role (mother or father) and program enrollment/attendance status (low attendance, high attendance, and no contact with the program). Results showed that participants wanted an engaging program that covers a variety of topics. Ideally, the intervention would include individual and group components, target the whole family, and be facilitated by involved Latino leaders. Subgroup analyses revealed different needs and preferences among participants. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation.September 2016. Major: Family Social Science. Advisors: William Doherty, Tai Mendenhall. 1 computer file (PDF); xi, 56 pages.
Garcia-Huidobro Munita, Diego.
A Factorial Mixed-Methods Inquiry to Engage Latino Participants in Parenting Programs.
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