Towards culturally relevant preventive interventions: The consideration of racial socialization in parent training with African American families

Stephanie Irby Coard, Scyatta A. Wallace, Howard C. Stevenson, Laurie M. Brotman

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Abstract

We present a rationale for the inclusion of culture-based parenting practices (i.e., racial socialization) in the design and implementation of empirically based parenting programs with African American families. We begin with a discussion of the limitations of the current parent training literature related to cultural considerations. Second, we examine the cultural and racial contexts of parenting for African Americans, review the literature on racial socialization, and discuss empirical support for considering its inclusion in parent training programs. Third, we examine the extent to which racial socialization operates in low-income African American families by presenting the findings from a qualitative pilot. We conclude by discussing how findings from the qualitative pilot might inform intervention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-293
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004

Keywords

  • African American families
  • Cultural relevance
  • Parent training
  • Racial socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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