This study examined the ways in which healthy marriage grantees are developing, adapting and implementing culturally relevant and appropriate healthy marriage programs for Hispanic populations.
The study found that: 1) Grantees implemented cultural adaptations rooted in their understanding of their target population. These adaptations mirrored those recommended in the scholarly Hispanic cultural competency literature; 2) Grantees tailored and refined adaptations based on their target population country of ancestry, level of acculturation, literacy level and familiarity with United States social services; 3) Grantees employed a variety of program dosage structures to meet participants' schedule needs, ranging from multi-week to single day programming, and weekday versus weekend programming. Programs also suspended services during certain seasons or holidays when participants were otherwise engaged; and 4) Grantees provided education around and screening of domestic violence, drawing from the knowledge of their domestic violence partner organizations. Additionally, programs provided opportunities for participants, especially first generation immigrants, to discuss gender roles and norms, and addressing gender role conflict.
Report Title: Hispanic Healthy Marriage Initiative: Grantee Implementation Evaluation http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/research/project/hispanic-healthy-marriage-initiative-grantee-implementation-evaluation
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Girley Wright, 202-401-5070
Performer: The Lewin Group
Record ID: 10134 (February 28, 2013)