Cultural Adaptation of Interventions in Real Practice Settings

Flavio Marsiglia, Jamie M. Booth

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This article provides an overview of some common challenges and opportunities related to cultural adaptation of behavioral interventions. Cultural adaptation is presented as a necessary action to ponder when considering the adoption of an evidence-based intervention with ethnic and other minority groups. It proposes a roadmap to choose existing interventions and a specific approach to evaluate prevention and treatment interventions for cultural relevancy. An approach to conducting cultural adaptations is proposed, followed by an outline of a cultural adaptation protocol. A case study is presented, and lessons learned are shared as well as recommendations for culturally grounded social work practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)423-432
Number of pages10
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 19 2015


  • evidence-based practice
  • literature

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology


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