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The Cultural Adaptation of Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP) to Brazil: Efficacy and Acceptability

Renata Trefiglio Mendes Gomes, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


In recent years, the number of Brazilian children experiencing behavioral or social-emotional problems has rapidly increased. Interventions that address social-behavioral problems related to poor academic achievement and low teacher-parent engagement have been recommended as one mechanism to improve Brazilian students’ challenges. Therefore, Brazilian researchers argue for the need for a structured and evidence-based approach to dually foster family-school partnerships and improve students’ socio-behavioral and academic outcomes. Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP) is a promising model to address these challenges in Brazil due to its solid empirical evidence of positively impacting students, families, and schools. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of a translated/adapted version of the TAPP (entitled TAPP-Brazil) in a Brazilian sample of students displaying non-compliance behaviors and to investigate the intervention acceptability levels perceived by parents and teachers. Three children, all boys, enrolled in the first grade of a private school in São Paulo city, and their respective parents and teachers were recruited. Two studies were conducted. Study 1 (with studies 1a, 1b, and 1c) involved implementing two focus groups, translating the TAPP materials into Portuguese, and validating the translations. Study 2 involved the implementation of a multiple baseline design to test the efficacy of TAPP-Brazil on the non-compliance behaviors of three Brazilian students and to identify the acceptability, adherence, and satisfaction of TAPP-Brazil from the teachers’ and parents’ perspectives. Overall, results showed that TAPP is a promising approach to intervening in children’s non-compliance behavior in Brazil. Limitations and future directions are discussed.

Subject Area

Educational psychology|Education|Developmental psychology|Educational sociology

Recommended Citation

Trefiglio Mendes Gomes, Renata, "The Cultural Adaptation of Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP) to Brazil: Efficacy and Acceptability" (2023). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI30488626.