Mixed-Methods Feasibility Study on the Cultural Adaptation of a Child Abuse Prevention Model




Lana O. Beasley, Jane F. Silovsky, Arthur Owora, Lorena Burris, Debra Hecht, Patty DeMoraes-Huffine, Ivelisse Cruz, and Eleni Tolma

Brief Type

Journal Publication


  • SafeCare/SafeCare Augmented


The current study utilized mixed-methods analyses to examine the process of adapting a home-based parenting program for a local Latino community. The study examined the:(a) acceptability and cultural congruence of the adapted SafeCare® protocol, (b) adherence to the core components of SafeCare® while adapting to local community culture, and (c)social validity of the new model in addressing SafeCare® target areas (parenting, home safety, and child health). Participants were 28 Latino mothers and eight providers. After training in the adapted model, providers demonstrated improved knowledge and skills. All providers reached national certification standards for SafeCare®, demonstrating fidelity to the core components of the original model. Positive consumer–provider relationships were developed as reflected by the results on the Working Alliance (collaboration between caregivers and parents). Themes from the integrated results of the social validity measures and individual interviews with parents were perceived benefits of the program on targeted areas and cultural congruency of the approach. Recommendations are to consider using adaptation guidelines as outlined to promote local culturally congruent practices. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Interviews
  • Surveys or questionnaires



For More Information

Beasley, L. O., Silovsky, J. F., Owora, A., Burris, L., Hecht, D., DeMoraes-Huffine, P., . . . Tolma, E., (2014). Mixed-methods feasibility study on the cultural adaptation of a child abuse prevention model. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38, 1496–1507. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2014.04.017
Author Contact Information:
Lana O. Beasley


  • Program Enhancements, Innovations, and Promising Approaches
  • Program Quality, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Fidelity