Methods: A qualitative methodology was used with the aim of exploring parents’ perception and recollection of the intervention. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 30 Panamanian parents that took part in SFP 10-14 in between 2010 and 2012. Parents’ narratives were analyzed through thematic analysis taking a participant-driven inductive stand.
Results: In terms of cultural appropriateness, SFP 10-14 seemed to fit the needs of Panamanian parents. Most of the parents interviewed expressed concerns such as being worried about their children’s academic performance and the dangerous world they are living in. They reported that the program addressed these concerns appropriately by focusing on communication and resilience. In terms of effectiveness, parents’ narratives suggested changes in themselves as parents, in their children, in the interaction between the two of them, and in their functioning as a couple. They described changes in communication, limits, obedience, relationship roles, emotional regulation and social development. For example, there was a reduction in the use of shouting and parents reported being able to control their emotions in a healthier manner.
Conclusions: Results from this study suggest that the SFP 10-14 was culturally appropriate and produced positive changes in the lives of Panamanian parents. Parents interviewed for this study appeared to hold positive views about the program. These findings can be used to inform the international dissemination of SFP 10-14. Our participant-driven qualitative methodology is feasible for replication in real-world service delivery settings to explore the fit of this or similar interventions with ethnically diverse populations.