Differential predictors of African American and hispanic parent retention in a family-focused preventive intervention

J. Douglas Coatsworth, Larissa G. Duncan, Hilda Pantin, José Szapocznik

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Abstract

Similarities and differences in predictors of retention/attendance patterns between African American and Hispanic parent participants (N= 143) from a family-focused preventive intervention were examined. Three broad retention pattern groups, nonattenders, variable attenders, and consistent high attenders, and 2 subgroups of the variable attendance group, decreasing low attenders and decreasing high attenders, were identified. In subgroup analyses, 3 significant discriminant functions were evident: 1 function classified Hispanic parents' retention patterns using sociodemographic indicators (e.g., educational attainment, household income) and 2 functions discriminated Hispanic and African American parents' patterns using family-level predictors (e.g., multiple caregivers attending the intervention, perceived barriers to participation). Implications are discussed in terms of strategies for improving methods of retaining participants in family-centered interventions conducted with ethnic minority families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-251
Number of pages12
JournalFamily Relations
Volume55
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2006

Keywords

  • African American families
  • Family intervention
  • Hispanic families
  • Prevention programs
  • Retention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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