Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

School Psychology

First Adviser

Manz, Patricia H.

Other advisers/committee members

DuPaul, George; Sawyer, Brook; Wood, Brenna

Abstract

This study investigated the most and least preferred components of parent training programs among ethnic minority families from middle-upper income backgrounds. Preferences were evaluated using a Q-sort method (McKeown & Thomas, 1988). Participants were primary caregivers from urban areas who self-identified as ethnic minorities and middle-class or above. Participant preferences were measured to assess the potential cultural relevance of PT program components among families from middle-upper income and ethnic minority cultures. In addition, this investigation was a follow-up to a previous study by the same author using the same measure to investigate the preferred components of parent training programs among ethnic minority families from low-income backgrounds. Preference data from low-income ethnic minority families collected during the previous study were compared with preference data from middle-upper-income ethnic minority families collected during this investigation. These data were examined to compare the potential influences of income on PT preferences between income groups. Results indicated that the ethnic minority groups often generalized in the current literature may be far more heterogeneous than expected, with implications discussed for future research and practice.

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