Entre dos mundos/between two worlds: An evidence-based bicultural skills training program for acculturating latino families

Martica Bacallao, Paul R. Smokowski

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This chapter evaluates the efficacy of two implementation strategies for Entre Dos Mundos/Between Two Worlds, a prevention program for Latino adolescents, measured at posttest and 1 year after program completion. Using an experimental research design, 81 Latino families were randomly assigned to 2 program formats that used identical session themes: 56 families attended action-oriented bicultural skills training and 25 attended unstructured support groups. At posttest, program dosage was more important than delivery style. High dosage parents from both action-oriented groups and support groups reported higher levels of bicultural support, bicultural identity integration, and family adaptability along with lower levels of adolescent aggression and oppositional defiant behavior. At one-year follow-up, program delivery method was critical for long-term behavior change. As compared with families that received Entre Dos Mundos content through a traditional support group format, parents who attended the action-oriented groups that used psychodrama techniques reported lower rates of parent-adolescent conflict and lower rates of aggression, oppositional defiant behavior, anxious depression, and total problems in their immigrant adolescents. The 1-year follow-up showed that action-oriented groups maintained superior effects as compared to support groups. We discuss implications for practice and future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Subtitle of host publicationCauses, Intervention and Treatment Programs
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)9781616680114
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Latinos
  • Youth violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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