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The Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 65–70 | Cite as

Parenting in 2 Worlds: Pilot Results From a Culturally Adapted Parenting Program for Urban American Indians

  • Stephen Kulis
  • Stephanie L. Ayers
  • Tahnee Baker
Brief Report

Abstract

This study reports the implementation and feasibility of a culturally adapted parenting curriculum, Parenting in 2 Worlds (P2W), which we designed specifically for urban American Indian families by means of community-based participatory research and then pilot tested in three Arizona cities. Data come from matched pre- and post-test surveys completed in 2012 by 75 American Indian parents of adolescents aged 10–17 who participated in the pilot version of P2W. P2W is a 10-workshop program administered twice a week for 5 weeks by trained American Indian community facilitators. Parents completed pre-test surveys during Workshop 1 and post-test surveys 5 weeks later during Workshop 10. Paired t tests assessed changes in parenting outcomes, cultural identity, and child anti-social behavior. Changes from pre- to post-test demonstrated statistically significant improvements in several parenting outcomes (discipline, involvement, self-agency, and supervision), a strengthened sense of ethnic and cultural identity and Native spirituality, and a decrease in the child’s anti-social behavior. These results, which show significant preliminary improvements in parenting skills and family functioning, suggest the feasibility of implementing a culturally grounded parenting intervention for urban American Indian parents.

Keywords

Parenting Intervention Urban American Indians Community-based participatory research 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Funding for this research was supported in part by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health, award 1 R01 MD 006110 (S. Kulis, P.I.). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the views or policies of the NIMHD, the NIH, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Conflict of interest

There is no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Kulis
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stephanie L. Ayers
    • 1
  • Tahnee Baker
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Southwest Interdisciplinary Research CenterArizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA
  2. 2.T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family DynamicsArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  3. 3.School of Social WorkArizona State UniversityPhoenixUSA

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