ERIC Number: ED412298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Culturally Competent Psychosocial Interventions with Antisocial Problem Behavior in Hispanic Youth.
Coatsworth, J. Douglas; Szapocznik, Jose; Kurtines, William; Santisteban, Daniel A.
This paper provides the results of a review of the empirical literature on interventions with antisocial problem behavior Hispanic youth. It explores the process of developing and evaluating culturally competent interventions. A review of a number of interventions, focusing on three in particular, suggests that cultural conflict is at the root of symptomatic behavior among Hispanic children and adolescents. A major program of research has been conducted by researchers from the Spanish Family Guidance Center/Center for Family Studies at the University of Miami (Florida). This center has been working toward appropriate interventions with Hispanic children and adolescents since 1972. As part of this effort, researchers at this center have studied the strains of acculturation. Results of studies at the University of Miami have suggested that structural family therapy is well suited for treating intergenerational and intercultural problems. The Center has developed Bicultural Effectiveness Training to enhance bicultural competence and family functioning, and this training has been an element in the development of Strategic Structural Systems Engagement to restructure patterns of family functioning. Evaluations have supported this approach and are serving as a basis for more refined interventions with a cultural competence focus. (Contains 55 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, Md.; National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, Md.; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.; Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A