Cultural adaptation of preventive interventions in Hispanic youth

Sara StGeorge, J. Rubén Parra-Cardona, Denise Vidot, Lourdes M. Molleda, Ana Quevedo Terán, Daniela Castillo Onetto, Javiera Benitez Gibbons, Guillermo J Prado

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Hispanics experience significant physical and behavioral health disparities compared to their racial and ethnic counterparts. To combat these health disparities, evidence-based interventions (EBIs) that prevent risk and promote protective factors within the broader context of culture must be systematically developed and disseminated. The purpose of this chapter is to describe key concepts related to the content and process of developing culturally relevant preventive interventions. The continuum of approaches for developing culturally relevant preventive interventions, including strengths and limitations, practical considerations, and recommendations for overcoming existing challenges, are discussed. Two exemplar preventive interventions targeting Hispanic youth and families, Criando con Amor: Promoviendo Armonia y Superación and Familias Unidas, are also highlighted. The approaches described in this chapter may maximize intervention effects and improve health outcomes for underrepresented minority groups, such as Hispanics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Acculturation and Health
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780190215217
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Cultural adaptation
  • Evidence-based Interventions
  • Health disparities
  • Hispanics
  • Preventive interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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