The Latino Youth and Family Empowerment Project – II

Based on Research Conducted at OSLC

A study of the delivery and a test of the adapted version of OSLC’s Parent Management Training to Latino families.

Project Overview

The LYFE-II study delivered and tested with Latino families a culturally adapted version of OSLC’s Parent Management Training. We wanted to discover if the parenting methods taught in the program have an effect on how successfully Latino parents communicate with and guide their children and if there are differences between families with children born in the U.S compared to those born in other Latin American countries. The study involved 240 Latino families with youngsters in the 6th through 8th grade, about half of whom are foreign-born and half born in the U.S. All families were involved in the study for approximately 2 years and were interviewed five times. Fifty percent of the families in the study received the Parent Management Training and 50% received services as usual.


Year Project Began: 2006
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Principal Investigator

Charles Martinez Jr., Ph.D.

Senior Fellow Scientist
Oregon Social Learning Center

Primary Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Charles R. Martinez, Jr. is a clinical psychologist, professor, and department head in the Department of Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Oregon, where he also directs the Center for Equity Promotion. He served as the University of Oregon Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity from 2005 to 2011, and also served as a senior scientist at the non-profit Oregon Social Learning Center where he founded and directed the center’s Latino Research Team beginning in 1999. He has served as a publicly elected member of the Eugene, District 4J School Board and is currently serving as a Governor appointed member of the Oregon State Board of Education representing Oregon’s 4th congressional district.

His substantive interests center on identifying factors that promote healthy adjustment for families and children following stressful life events, (e.g. changes in family structure, socioeconomic status, physical and/or emotional health, acculturation, and immigration status), taking into consideration the cultural contexts in which families operate. He has led numerous NIH and internationally funded research projects designed to examine risk and protective factors involved in linking acculturation to education and behavioral health outcomes for Latino children and families and to develop and test culturally specific interventions for at-risk families in the U.S. and in Latin America. His main areas of published work include substantive and methodological topics related to cultural issues in prevention science, Latino education and behavioral health disparities, links between acculturation and discrimination on substance use and academic failure prevention, culturally specific family based interventions, the role of biosocial stress markers on family outcomes, and family process. He is a nationally known consultant on organizational diversity issues, cross-cultural research, and community engagement.  He teaches courses in equity, multicultural education, leading for diversity, prevention science, and Latino family health and education. Dr. Martinez has received numerous national, state, and local awards for his work, including the “Community, Culture, and Prevention Science Award” and the “International Collaborative Prevention Research Award” from the Society for Prevention Research.