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After-School Multifamily Groups: A Randomized Controlled Trial Involving Low-Income, Urban, Latino Children

Lynn McDonald, D. Paul Moberg, Roger Brown, Ismael Rodriguez-Espiricueta, Nydia I. Flores, Melissa P. Burke and Gail Coover

in Children & Schools

Published on behalf of National Association of Social Workers

Volume 28, issue 1, pages 25-34
Published in print January 2006 | ISSN: 1532-8759
Published online January 2006 | e-ISSN: 1545-682X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cs/28.1.25
After-School Multifamily Groups: A Randomized Controlled Trial Involving Low-Income, Urban, Latino Children

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This randomized controlled trial evaluated a culturally representative parent engagement strategy with Latino parents of elementary school children. Ten urban schools serving low-income children from mixed cultural backgrounds participated in a large study. Classrooms were randomly assigned either either to an after-school, multifamily support group (FAST: Families and Schools Together) or to receive eight behavioral parenting pamphlets with active follow-up (FAME: Family Education). Of 180 Latino parents assigned to FAST, 90 percent came once and 85 percent graduated. Two-year follow-up teacher data were collected for 130 Latino children. The teachers, blind to condition, evaluated the children's classroom functioning. Data were analyzed with hierarchical linear modeling, using a conservative, intent-to-treat model. On standardized mental health instruments (Teacher's Report Form of the Child Behavior Checklist; Social Skills Rating System), statistically significant differences favored assignment to FAST rather than to FAME on academic performance and classroom behaviors, including aggression and social skills.

Keywords: Hispanics; immigrants; parent involvement; protective factors; social inclusion

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Subjects: Schools Studies

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