Abstract: Cultural Adaptations, Engagement and Outcomes of the Thailand Strengthening Families Program 12-16. (Society for Prevention Research 25th Annual Meeting)

185 Cultural Adaptations, Engagement and Outcomes of the Thailand Strengthening Families Program 12-16.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Regency D (Hyatt Regency Washington, Washington DC)
* noted as presenting author
Kannikar Nolrajsuwat, PhD, Assistant Professor, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
The Thailand culturally adapted version of the Strengthening Families Program (12-16) was evaluated for high risk 12-17 yaer olds. After the success of the SFP 6-11 in Thailand, the Thailand juvenile justice authorities wanted to develop and test a Thail version for older youth in detention centers. The funding for the cultural adaptation and evaluation came from the UNODC in Vienna on a grant. A cultural adaptation of SFP 12-16 was very successful in a large sample RCt of SFP 12-16 with Burmese refugee families (Puffer, et al., 2016). This EBI consisted of 14 sessions that target improving family relations, parenting skills, teen social skills and reducing drug consumption.

Methods. The experimental group included 37 families from different cohorts--on from Bangkapi School in Bangkok and two rrom rural juvenile justice sites from both Ra Yong and Nakhon Swan Province. Of the families who began SFP 82% graduated from all 14 sessions. Using a pre-and 4 month posttest quasi-experimental design, the measurements include the Thailand standardized SFP parent survey that include the Moos FES and Kellam POCA. The results were analyzed using SPSS with Cohen's d effect sizes calculated in addition to p. values in Anovas.

Results. All of the Cohen's d effect sizes were large for the family relations such as family resilience, communication, cohenesion. organization and positive parenting. Youth positive changes were not as large and ranged from d-.77 for improvements in attention deficit, overt aggression (d.=.65) and depression (d.=.63) to a low of d =.34 for improvements in social skillsof d=.34.

Conclusion: The Thai SFP 12-16 was successful with high risk families with high engagement and retention with large improvements in family relations, parenting skills and youth internalizing and externalizing risk factors. Future plans are to determine maintenance of these positive effects longer term and also check juvenile justice records for positive outcomes compared to a propensity samples of similar youth.