Criando con Amor: Promoviendo Armonía y Superación – Jóvenes

Mental Health Does Not Currently Meet Criteria

Criando con Amor: Promoviendo Armonía y Superación – Jóvenes (CAPAS-Youth) is a group-based parenting and family functioning intervention adapted from GenerationPMTO – Group, also known as Parenting Through Change (PTC) and formerly known as Parent Management Training – Oregon Model (PMTO®). CAPAS-Youth is a culturally adapted intervention for Spanish-speaking Latino(a) families with children ages 12–15. Adaptations include: (1) Modifying core components of GenerationPMTO – Group for linguistic and cultural appropriateness, (2) Adapting session activities (e.g., role-play practice) to include culturally relevant expressions, and (3) Adding sessions focusing on racism, contextual adversity, discrimination, immigration, cultural conflicts, and adolescent drug use.  


In the first session, CAPAS-Youth Group Leaders engage the treatment families, begin building a collaborative group, and introduce participants to the CAPAS-Youth model. In the following sessions, the Group Leaders teach parents skills such as: giving good directions, observing and regulating emotions, active listening and communication, teaching children through positive reinforcement (e.g., incentive charts), using discipline strategies, and effective supervision. Sessions weave in content on the experience of being a Latino immigrant parent, experiences of discrimination, and raising and communicating with bicultural children. One session explicitly focuses on drug use prevention. Skills are reinforced with home practice assignments. The intervention model emphasizes role playing as a teaching tool and using questions to promote learning. 

CAPAS-Youth does not currently meet criteria to receive a rating because no studies met eligibility criteria for review.

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed: May 2022


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Target Population

CAPAS-Youth is designed to serve Spanish-speaking Latino(a) parents of children ages 12–15. 


CAPAS-Youth is usually delivered by two Group Leaders in weekly parent group sessions. Each session lasts about 2 hours. Parents attend 11 sessions over 3–4 months. 

Location/Delivery Setting
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings

CAPAS-Youth may be delivered in community settings such as outpatient clinics, community-based agencies, and religious organizations.  

Education, Certifications and Training

CAPAS-Youth Group Leaders are encouraged to complete GenerationPMTO – Group certification. GenerationPMTO – Group facilitators must have at least a bachelor’s degree. Facilitators must attend a 1-day kickoff workshop to build enthusiasm, support buy-in, and promote culture change. This is followed by three workshops over 10–12 days that focus on mastering model content and the group facilitation process. After completing the workshops, facilitators participate in 2 days of coaching and a 1-day booster workshop. To become certified, facilitators must submit video recordings for feedback and strength-based consultation. Additional CAPAS-Youth training is also available to Group Leaders to review components related to immigration-related challenges, culture, and biculturalism. 

Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review

Amador-Buenabad, N., & Parra-Cardona, R. (2021). CAPAS-Jóvenes: Material de apoyo para intervencionistas. La Universidad de Texas en Austin.

Available languages

CAPAS-Youth materials are available in Spanish.  

Other supporting materials

GenerationPMTO Implementation Sites 

For More Information


Phone: (541) 485-2711 

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Note: The details on Dosage; Location; Education, Certifications, and Training; Other Supporting Materials; and For More Information sections above are provided to website users for informational purposes only. This information is not exhaustive and may be subject to change.

Results of Search and Review Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for Criando con Amor: Promoviendo Armonía y Superación – Jóvenes
Identified in Search 5
Eligible for Review 0
Rated High 0
Rated Moderate 0
Rated Low 0
Reviewed Only for Risk of Harm 0
Sometimes study results are reported in more than one document, or a single document reports results from multiple studies. Studies are identified below by their Prevention Services Clearinghouse study identification numbers. To receive a rating of supported or well-supported, the favorable evidence for a program or service must have been obtained from research conducted in a usual care or practice setting.

Studies Not Eligible for Review

Study 11325

Martinez, C. R., Jr., & Eddy, J. M. (2005). Effects of culturally adapted Parent Management Training on Latino youth behavioral health outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73(5), 841-851.

This study is ineligible for review because it is not a study of the program or service under review (Study Eligibility Criterion 4.1.6).

Study 11327

Parra-Cardona, J. R., Bybee, D., Sullivan, C. M., Rodriguez, M. M. D., Dates, B., Tams, L., & Bernal, G. (2017). Examining the impact of differential cultural adaptation with Latina/o immigrants exposed to adapted parent training interventions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(1), 58-71.

This study is ineligible for review because it is not a study of the program or service under review (Study Eligibility Criterion 4.1.6).

Study 13170

Buenabad, N. G. A., Ramos, R. S., Schwartz, S., López, M. L. G., Juárez, A. D. D., Gallegos, A. B. O., Ortega, T. G. G., Perez, L. V., Icaza, M. E. M., Domenech Rodriguez, M. M., & Velázquez, J. A. V. (2020). Cluster randomized trial of a multicomponent school-based program in Mexico to prevent behavioral problems and develop social skills in children. Child & Youth Care Forum, 49(3), 343-364.

This study is ineligible for review because it is not a study of the program or service under review (Study Eligibility Criterion 4.1.6).

Study 14237

Parra Cardona, J. R., Domenech-Rodriguez, M., Forgatch, M., Sullivan, C., Bybee, D., Holtrop, K., Escobar-Chew, A. R., Tams, L., Dates, B., & Bernal, G. (2012). Culturally adapting an evidence-based parenting intervention for Latino immigrants: The need to integrate fidelity and cultural relevance. Family process, 51(1), 56-72.

This study is ineligible for review because it is not a study of the program or service under review (Study Eligibility Criterion 4.1.6).

Study 14314

Parra-Cardona, R., Fuentes-Balderrama, J., Vanderziel, A., López-Zerón, G., Domenech Rodríguez, M. M., DeGarmo, D. S., & Anthony, J. C. (2021). A culturally adapted parenting intervention for Mexican-origin immigrant families with adolescents: Integrating science, culture, and a focus on immigration-related adversity. Prevention Science, 23(1), 271-282.

This study is ineligible for review because it is not a study of the program or service under review (Study Eligibility Criterion 4.1.6).