Treatment acceptability among mexican american parents

Behav Ther. 2007 Sep;38(3):218-27. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2006.08.007. Epub 2007 Jun 29.


There is a void in the literature with regard to Hispanic parents' views about common interventions for children with behavior problems. The purpose of this study was to examine the treatment acceptability of child management techniques in a Mexican American sample. Parents' acculturation was also examined to determine if it would account for differences in treatment acceptability. Mexican American parents found response cost, a punishment-based technique, more acceptable than positive reinforcement-based techniques (e.g., differential attention). Results suggest that Mexican American parents' acculturation has little impact on acceptability of child management interventions. No association was found between mothers' acculturation and treatment acceptability. However, more acculturated Mexican American fathers viewed token economy as more acceptable than less acculturated fathers. Results are discussed in the context of clinical work and research with Mexican Americans.

MeSH terms

  • Acculturation
  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Child Behavior Disorders / therapy*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Consumer Behavior*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mexican Americans / psychology*
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Punishment
  • Reinforcement, Psychology
  • Token Economy