Facilitating Stepfamily Education for Latinos

Katie Reck, Brian Higginbotham, Linda Skogrand, Patricia Davis

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Relationship education programs can serve as a resource to families in developing and maintaining strong familial relationships, particularly for underserved populations. This qualitative study focuses on effective strategies, used by 14 facilitators, to teach Latino participants attending Smart Steps: Embrace the Journey stepfamily education courses in a western state. Results indicated two major themes regarding culturally appropriate strategies. The first dealt with classroom management and the approach of the facilitators, which included three subthemes: encouraging class discussion and sharing, applying cultural understanding, and recognizing the importance of the parent-child relationship. The second major theme addressed modifications to the program curriculum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-187
Number of pages18
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Latino families
  • ethnicity
  • marriage
  • qualitative research
  • remarriage
  • step-families


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