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

Lissette 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
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

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Hispanic Americans
immigrant
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Cognitive Therapy
Group Psychotherapy
epidemiology
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Nonparametric Statistics
Focus Groups
content analysis
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Keywords

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

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

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Vida Alegre : Preliminary Findings of a Depression Intervention for Immigrant Latino Mothers. / Piedra, Lissette; Byoun, Soo Jung.

In: Research on Social Work Practice, Vol. 22, No. 2, 01.03.2012, p. 138-150.

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