Vida Alegre: Preliminary Findings of a Depression Intervention for Immigrant Latino Mothers

Lissette M. Piedra, Soo Jung Byoun

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Objectives: This article reports the outcome of a pilot study of a cognitive behavioral group therapy (CBGT) intervention-Vida Alegre (the contented life)-designed for use with depressed immigrant mothers living in communities with small but rapidly growing Hispanic populations. Method: The study used a pretest/posttest/follow-up design to examine whether exposure to the intervention reduced symptoms of depression. Results: Although based on a small, nonrandomized sample, the results are promising at pretest/baseline, the average Center for Epidemiology Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D) score was 25; at posttest and follow-up, the average CES-D scores were 12 and 11.3, respectively. Wilcoxon signed-ranks tests showed that the pretest and posttest scores are significantly different (Z = -2.22, p < .05, r = .67), indicating a decline in depression. A content analysis of transcripts from three focus groups indicates the usefulness of intervention. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that an existing CBGT can be modified to address immigrant issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-150
Number of pages13
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • Latino immigrants
  • cognitive behavioral treatment
  • intervention strategies
  • maternal depression
  • new growth communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology


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