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Prevention Science

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 640–648 | Cite as

Directions for the Advancement of Culturally Adapted Preventive Interventions: Local Adaptations, Engagement, and Sustainability

  • Manuel BarreraJr.Email author
  • Cady Berkel
  • Felipe González Castro
Article

Abstract

To advance the implementation and dissemination of culturally adapted interventions to diverse populations, greater attention should be devoted to three underdeveloped topics: (a) local adaptations of interventions when they are implemented in community settings, (b) participant engagement, and (c) the sustainability of adapted interventions. Several typologies have been developed for studying local adaptations, and some research indicates that such adaptations might add to intervention effectiveness. There is suggestive evidence of ethnocultural group disparities in intervention engagement and in the success of efforts to boost engagement. Theory and limited data indicate that interventions’ flexibility and fit with organizational culture and resources can be achieved through cultural adaptations. Furthermore, those adaptations should be associated with sustainability, but research has yet to test that hypothesis adequately. Several recommendations are made for advancing culturally adapted interventions through additional research on local adaptations during implementation, the many facets of participant engagement, and sustainability.

Keywords

Cultural adaptation Local adaptation Engagement Sustainability 

Notes

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Funding

This article was funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (grant number 72241) awarded to Dr. Castro (PI).

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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Because this article is a review and analysis of previously published literature, informed consent is not applicable.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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