Lopez, Araceli (2016-08). "?Es Dif?cil Ser Mujer? Depression, Gender Role Beliefs, and Acculturation: Testing the Use of a Culturally Grounded Intervention to Reduce Depressive Symptoms Among Spanish-Speaking Latinas. Doctoral Dissertation. Thesis uri icon

abstract

  • Research identifies Latinas as a high-risk group for depression. Although many experience symptoms of depression, many are under-diagnosed and/or underutilize mental health services. To address the service gap, this study evaluated the effectiveness of a Promotora led, modified version of "?Es Dif?cil Ser Mujer? Una Gu?a Sobre Depresi?n" (Is It Difficult Being A Woman? A Guide to Depression) (EDSM), a culturally-grounded depression curriculum aimed at reducing depressive symptoms among Spanish-speaking Latinas. The secondary goal of the study was to examine whether the EDSM intervention influenced Latina gender role beliefs. A sample of twenty-five Spanish-speaking Latinas, primarily of Mexican/Mexican-American descent (92%) with a mean age of 40.64 (SD = 10.38) reported higher PHQ-9 total scores at pre-treatment than non-treatment completers. Key findings indicate that as a group, the intervention was related to a decrease in depression symptoms among participants. There was limited support at the individual level. Findings indicate that gender role beliefs were influenced, specifically, Virtuous and Chaste and Spiritual Pillars.
  • Research identifies Latinas as a high-risk group for depression. Although many experience symptoms of depression, many are under-diagnosed and/or underutilize mental health services. To address the service gap, this study evaluated the effectiveness of a Promotora led, modified version of "?Es Dif?cil Ser Mujer? Una Gu?a Sobre Depresi?n" (Is It Difficult Being A Woman? A Guide to Depression) (EDSM), a culturally-grounded depression curriculum aimed at reducing depressive symptoms among Spanish-speaking Latinas. The secondary goal of the study was to examine whether the EDSM intervention influenced Latina gender role beliefs.

    A sample of twenty-five Spanish-speaking Latinas, primarily of Mexican/Mexican-American descent (92%) with a mean age of 40.64 (SD = 10.38) reported higher PHQ-9 total scores at pre-treatment than non-treatment completers. Key findings indicate that as a group, the intervention was related to a decrease in depression symptoms among participants. There was limited support at the individual level. Findings indicate that gender role beliefs were influenced, specifically, Virtuous and Chaste and Spiritual Pillars.

publication date

  • August 2016