Parent-centered intervention: A practical approach for preventing drug abuse in hispanic adolescents

Maria I. Tapia, Seth J. Schwartz, Guillermo Prado, Barbara Lopez, Hilda Pantin

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Objective: The objective of the present article is to review and discuss Familias Unidas, an empirically supported, family-based, culturally specific drug abuse and HIV prevention intervention for Hispanic immigrant adolescents and their families. Method: The authors focus on engagement and retention as well as on intervention delivery. Conclusions: The present article serves as a guide for social workers and mental health practitioners in carrying out effective family-based adolescent substance use and HIV preventive interventions. Recommendations for and challenges to implementing the intervention in practice-based settings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-165
Number of pages20
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006



  • Adolescent
  • Drug use
  • Hispanic
  • Immigrant
  • Parent-centered intervention
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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