Date of Award

12-3-2009

Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Shannon Self-Brown, Ph.D. - Chair

Second Advisor

Daniel Whitaker, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

John Lutzker, Ph.D.

Abstract

Child maltreatment (CM) is a major public health problem in the United States which affects millions of children each year. Because parents are responsible for the majority of substantiated CM reports, behavioral parent training is recommended as the primary prevention strategy. In recent years, researchers and clinicians have begun work examining the relevance and effectiveness of making cultural adaptations to parent training programs. The purpose of this study was to explore the need for systemic cultural adaptations to SafeCare®, an evidence-based parent-training child maltreatment prevention program. SafeCare is currently implemented in nine states and SafeCare providers are serving families representing a wide array of cultures and ethnicities. Eleven SafeCare providers, representing six states, participated in individual, semi-structured interviews to determine what, if any, cultural adaptations were in place in the field and whether there was a need for systematic culture-specific or general cultural adaptations to the SafeCare model. The interviews provided evidence that, across sites and populations, adaptations are being made when implementing SafeCare with diverse families. Providers expressed a need to make the language/reading levels of the model materials more relevant for all the populations served. Overall, however, providers found the model to be flexible and amenable to working with families of various cultures and ethnicities. Providers recommended against systematic adaptations of the model for specific ethnic groups.

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