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Cultural adaptation of the Strengthening Families Programme to a Swedish setting

Eva Skärstrand (Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden)
Jörgen Larsson (Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden)
Sven Andréasson (Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Article publication date: 20 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the adaptation and programme development of the Strengthening Families Programme to a Swedish setting.

Design/methodology/approach

A descriptive approach was employed with a focus on the cultural adaptation and programme development. This included meetings with two reference groups, a telephone interview with parents, translation of materials and production of videos and manuals. A pilot study was conducted which included course evaluations by students and parents, meetings with teachers and group leaders and a focus group interview with parents.

Findings

The programme format was altered in the Swedish version so that the youth sessions were held earlier during the day and the parent sessions later in the evening. Instead of having one family session at every meeting, the Swedish version included two family sessions in all. In the Swedish version, the booster sessions were incorporated as a regular part of the programme. In addition, more emphasis on alcohol and other drugs was added as well as an extra session. Following the evaluation of the pilot study, the materials were revised, with the inclusion of a “milder” vocabulary concerning disciplinary matters.

Practical implications

It seems to be possible to disseminate the core elements in family programmes between different cultures, especially if care is taken to make adjustments to local conditions.

Originality/value

This paper makes a contribution to the research on how to culturally adapt prevention programmes.

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Citation

Skärstrand, E., Larsson, J. and Andréasson, S. (2008), "Cultural adaptation of the Strengthening Families Programme to a Swedish setting", Health Education, Vol. 108 No. 4, pp. 287-300. https://doi.org/10.1108/09654280810884179

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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