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Differential Predictors of African American and Hispanic Parent Retention in a Family-Focused Preventive Intervention*

Authors
  • J. Douglas Coatsworth
  • Larissa G. Duncan
  • Hilda Pantin
  • José Szapocznik
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2006
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Education
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Abstract

Similarities and differences in predictors of retention/attendance patterns between African American and Hispanic parent participants (N = 143) from a family-focused preventive intervention were examined. Three broad retention pattern groups, nonattenders, variable attenders, and consistent high attenders, and 2 subgroups of the variable attendance group, decreasing low attenders and decreasing high attenders, were identified. In subgroup analyses, 3 significant discriminant functions were evident: 1 function classified Hispanic parents’ retention patterns using sociodemographic indicators (e.g., educational attainment, household income) and 2 functions discriminated Hispanic and African American parents’ patterns using family-level predictors (e.g., multiple caregivers attending the intervention, perceived barriers to participation). Implications are discussed in terms of strategies for improving methods of retaining participants in family-centered interventions conducted with ethnic minority families.

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