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Cultural Strategies to Enhance Participation of Hispanics in Family Strengthening Programs

1. A lack of cultural grounding or cultural relevance in programs is often cited as a reason why poor, marginalized individuals do not seek services or end services prematurely.

A. True

B. False


2. Engagement adaptations target the underlying risk and protective factors associated with the program outcomes for the particular group for which the adaptation is designed.

A. True

B. False


3. Hispanics with a high degree of adherence to __________ are more likely to feel connected to their individual service provider rather than to the agency, and may terminate services prematurely due to a change in provider.

A. Familismo

B. Personalismo

C. Respeto

D. Confianza


4. All of the following are ways that grantees have used respeto-based adaptations, except:

A. Use of the formal tu rather than the informal usted.

B. Use of honorifics such as addressing participants as “Don Jose” instead of Senor Rodriguez.

C. Emphasis of the assets and strengths participants bring to the program.

D. Acknowledgment of participant work schedules by offering courses at convenient times and providing meals.


5. Machismo dictates that men be the providers and protectors of their family and that they stifle outward displays of emotion, whereas Marianismo dictates that women’s most important role is that of a mother, nurturer, and homemaker, and holds that women are spiritually and morally superior to men.

A. True

B. False


6. Once fathers feel secure as the family financial supporter, they are often better able to become broader positive role models for their children and provide them with emotional support.

A. True

B. False


7. Which of the following methods have grantees used to convey confianza?

A. Gaining support from faith leaders.

B. Sharing a common experience with the target population.

C. Being “culturally approachable.”

D. All of the above.


8. Direct person-to-person outreach strategies have proven to be less effective with the less-acculturated participants who are likely to be less familiar with and more wary of U.S. social service provision.

A. True

B. False


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