Exploring the role of natural helpers in efforts to address disparities for children with conduct problems

Ignacio D. Acevedo-Polakovich, Larissa N. Niec, Miya L. Barnett, Katrina M. Bell, Gerardo Aguilar, Jeanette Vilca, Emily S. Abbenante-Honold, Allison S. Christian, Samuel O. Peer

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The incorporation of natural helpers into services has been suggested as an innovative strategy to address disparities for historically underserved children with conduct problems. In order to inform incorporation efforts, this study examined the perceptions of natural helpers serving one U.S. Latina/o community regarding need for services for children with conduct problems, their reactions to a specific parent training intervention, and the training and support needed to deliver this intervention successfully. Participants identified a need for culturally-responsive services for children with conduct problems, and felt that parent training would be appropriate for the families they serve. Participants further identified specific training and support that they would require in order to deliver parent training with fidelity and effectiveness. Findings support the suggestion that natural helpers have the potential to address service disparities among Latina/o children with conduct problems. Recommendations from natural helpers should guide the development of culturally-adapted preventive interventions that help address existing service disparities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Conduct problems
  • Disparities
  • Natural helpers
  • Parent training
  • Prevention


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