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ERIC Number: EJ958535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 120
ISSN: ISSN-1049-7315
Vida Alegre: Preliminary Findings of a Depression Intervention for Immigrant Latino Mothers
Piedra, Lissette M.; Byoun, Soo-Jung
Research on Social Work Practice, v22 n2 p138-150 Mar 2012
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 less than 0.05, r = 0.67), 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. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale