Psychosocial Intervention Psychosocial Intervention
Psychosocial Intervention 26 (2017) 63-72 - Vol. 26 No.2 DOI: 10.1016/j.psi.2016.10.003
ACT Raising Safe Kids Program to promote positive maternal parenting practices in different socioeconomic contexts
Programa ACT Educando a Niños en Ambientes Seguros para promover prácticas educativas maternas positivas en distintos contextos socioeconómicos
Maria Eduarda André Pedroa, Elisa Rachel Pisani Altafimb, Maria Beatriz Martins Linharesb,,
a Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters at Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo, Brazil
b Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Received 16 June 2016, Accepted 30 October 2016
Abstract

The present study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the ACT – Raising Safe Kids Program in different socioeconomic contexts. The sample included 64 mothers of children aged 3–8 years, and 64 other caregivers, divided into three groups according to family socioeconomic level and type of school of the children (C-Public, B-Public and B-Private). The maternal parenting practices and behavior of the children were evaluated pre- and post-intervention with the ACT Program in group. Regardless of the socioeconomic level of the families and the type of school of the children, the ACT Program was effective in improving maternal parenting practices and behavior of the children, according to the perception of the mothers and other caregivers. The findings demonstrate the validity of the ACT Program in Brazilian context for socioeconomic levels B and C and public and private schools.

Keywords
  • Parenting practices
  • Intrafamilial violence
  • Preventive intervention
  • Socioeconomic level
  • Child behavior
Resumen

El objetivo del presente estudio fue evaluar la eficacia del Programa ACT Educando a Niños en Ambientes Seguros en distintos contextos socioeconómicos. En la muestra se incluyeron 64 madres de niños de entre 3 y 8 años de edad y otros 64 cuidadores, que se dividieron en 3 grupos conforme al nivel socioeconómico familiar y al tipo de colegio al que acudían los niños (C-Público; B-Público y B-Privado). Se evaluaron las prácticas educativas de las madres y el comportamiento de los hijos pre y postintervención con el Programa ACT en el grupo. Con independencia del nivel socioeconómico familiar y del tipo de colegio de los niños, el Programa ACT fue eficaz y mejoró las prácticas educativas materna y el comportamiento infantil, según la percepción de las madres y los cuidadores. Los hallazgos demuestran la validez del Programa ACT en el contexto brasileño para los niveles socioeconómicos B y C y los colegios públicos y privados.

Keywords
  • Prácticas parentales
  • Violencia intrafamiliar
  • Intervención preventiva
  • Nivel socioeconómico
  • Comportamiento infantil
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Acknowledgements

The Foundation for Support of Research in the State of São Paulo, Brazil (FAPESP), for Master's scholarship (MEA Pedro; grant #2013/24655-6) and Doctorate's scholarship (ERP Altafim; grant #2012/25293-8); The National Council of Science and Technology Development (CNPq) for MBM Linhares; Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal Foundation (FMCSV) and The American Psychological Association for the support with the ACT Raising Safe Kids Program. We also thank to Francine Belotti da Silva and Rebeca Cristina de Oliveira for their participation in the data collection as research assistants.

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