Cross-cultural prevention program transfer: Questions regarding developing countries

Norman D. Sundberg, Johana P. Hadiyono, Carl A. Latkin, Jesus Padilla

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


To prevent mental illness and promote psychological health, developing countries might learn from demonstrated successes in other countries. This exploratory qualitative project involved interviewing 27 informants knowledgeable about both the United States and selected developing countries of Asia and South America. Informants reviewed five preventive programs shown to be effective in North America and then evaluated the programs as to their applicability in the other country. In general the programs were seen as not very transferrable, and in some cases not needed. Among transfer problems identified were funding, training, cultural traditions and higher priorities for other things in impoverished countries. The primary recommendation is that prevention programs be developed in other countries based on their needs and cultural characteristics and using indigenous human resources. Such programs could be informed by general principles and evaluation procedures developed in Western prevention programs. Informants noted that there are also important things for Americans to learn from the developing countries, such as family closeness and greater acceptance and relaxation about stresses of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-376
Number of pages16
JournalThe Journal of Primary Prevention
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Cross-cultural prevention program transfer: Questions regarding developing countries'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this