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Saturday, March 7 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Treatment adherence for culturally adapted treatment for Latino adolescents

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Substance abuse court-mandated treatment for Latino adolescents may provide an opportunity for restorative justice, especially if the treatment takes into consideration the culturally specific needs of Latino adolescents. Culturally adapted treatment is the term used to define treatments that meet culturally specific needs. The empirical development of culturally adapted treatment is still emerging, especially in the area of substance abuse treatment for adolescents. Treatment adherence research promotes further development of culturally adapted treatment, which ultimately better serves clients. Treatment adherence examines the mutual influence of therapist and clients on session content. As such, therapist delivery, client response, and interactions are considered part of treatment adherence. Ethnic identity is a primary developmental concern for adolescents. Relevant questions include: (a) How does my ethnic identity contribute to who I am? (b) To what extent do I belong and feel pride about my ethnic group? (c) How do I cope with racism and discrimination? Latino adolescents with healthy ethnic identity development tend to experience enhanced psychosocial outcomes. Prior research asserted the importance of ethnic identity and acculturation in culturally adapted treatment. Given this research, culturally adapted sessions were developed to address ethnic identity, acculturation, and racism. These culturally adapted sessions were purposively sampled for the current study. The current study aimed to examine the degree of treatment adherence in ethnic identity session of culturally adapted treatment. The research team qualitatively analyzed transcripts of 6 ethnic identity sessions with 30 Latino adolescents who were court-mandated for substance abuse treatment. Several components of treatment emerged, including: ethnic pride and stereotypes. In terms of ethnic pride, participants tended to (a) assertively self identify with an ethnic identity label and (b) minimize the impact of racism to demonstrate ethnic pride. In terms of stereotypes, participants tended to (a) be aware of stereotypes targeting Latinos and (b) assume that they were in Latino-only treatment due to stereotypes (i.e, Latinos have more drug problems). Qualitative results are interpreted in the context of treatment adherence. Recommendations for how to therapeutically address ethnic identity, acculturation, and racism with Latino adolescents are provided.

1st Author

Annika Johnson

Western Oregon University

Saturday March 7, 2015 10:45am - 12:00pm