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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Hispanic American parents-Education, Parenting-Study and teaching, Discipline of children, Positive psychology, Parent education, Latino parenting, Positive discipline, Positive parenting, Positive punishment


This study involved the development of a parent education curriculum derived from the evidence-based parenting literature, and the pilot testing a single intervention from this curriculum to compare responses of Latino and non-Latino parents to interventions originally designed for the mainstream culture. Parents also received and responded to an overview of the curriculum as a whole. It was expected that Latino parents would rate the curriculum content and the single intervention as less relevant and useful than their non-Latino counterparts; and would rate instructor modeling, and opportunities for support as more relevant and useful than non-Latinos. The pilot test was conducted in partnership with a middle school, allowing for examination of the feasibility of social workers collaborating with schools to provide parent education. Unexpected difficulties arose with recruitment that resulted in a sample size too small to establish statistical significance. Nonetheless, between group differences were observed suggesting that Latino parents valued the overall content of the curriculum and the pilot intervention at least as much as non-Latino parents. They rated the expected ease of implementation and likelihood of using elements of the curriculum highly. Gender differences may have accounted for higher ratings among Latino parents. Based on these findings, recommendations are made for culturally sensitive parent education interventions, recruitment, and implementation.




v, 114 p. : ill. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, 2013. Includes bibliographical references (p. 95-99)