When context matters: Adaptation for high-risk U.S. Latina/o Subgroups

Ignacio D. Acevedo-Polakovich, Veronica A. Kassab, Kaley S.J. Boress, Kathryn V. Clements, Stacy Stout, Mario Alfaro, Jodi Brookins-Fisher, Aileen Guerra-Morales

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When membership in specific U.S. Latina/o subgroups is associated with differences in constructs related to an intervention's targets or key components, adaptation must respond to Latina/o cultural constructs and to subgroup contextual factors. In the present study, we examined the feasibility of delivering an intervention to reduce sexually risky behavior in U.S. Latina/o youth adapted in response to the contexts faced by gang-involved Latina/o youth. Our secondary goal was to examine the effectiveness and satisfaction outcomes associated with the adapted intervention. Results suggest that the adapted version can be faithfully implemented, and that-compared the standard intervention-The adaptation has comparable effectiveness and higher participant satisfaction. We discuss the future development and evaluation of the intervention, and the usefulness of cultural adaptation in response to the needs of high-risk Latina/o subgroups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-322
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Latina/o Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2017


  • Communitybased participatory research
  • Cultural adaptation
  • Juvenile gangs
  • Service disparities
  • Sexual risk


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