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Proyecto Interconexiones: A Pilot Test of a Community-Based Depression Care Program for Latina Violence Survivors
Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
  • Christina Nicolaidis, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Angie Mejia, Portland State University
  • Marlen Perez, Familias en Acción
  • Anabertha Alvarado, Familias en Acción
  • Rosemary Celaya-Alston, Familias en Acción
  • Yolanda Quintero, Familias en Acción
  • Raquel Aguillon, Familias en Acción
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2013
Subjects
  • Community-based family services -- Research,
  • Community health services,
  • Abused women -- Mental health services
Abstract

Background: Latina intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors often face great barriers to depression care. We sought to use a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to create and evaluate a community-based depression care program for Latina IPV survivors.

Methods: We created a multifaceted, culturally tailored intervention, based on principles of chronic illness management. A promotora provided case management services and led 12 weekly group sessions. Participants completed surveys at baseline and 6 months and participated in open-ended exit interviews.

Results: Ten Spanish-speaking Latina women participated in the intervention. The program had excellent attendance, with 100% of women attending at least 10 group sessions, and high satisfaction. We found a large decrease in depression severity (Patient Health Questionnaire [PHQ]-9, 17.3–7.2; p = .001), as well as improvements in depression self-efficacy, self-esteem, and stress.

Conclusion: This study offers promising preliminary data to support the use of community-based approaches to reducing depression disparities in Latina IPV survivors.

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This is the publisher's final PDF. Copyright © 2013 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, Vol 7, Issue 4, Winter, 2013.

DOI
10.1353/cpr.2013.0051
Persistent Identifier
http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/11564
Citation Information
Nicolaidis, C., Mejia, A., Perez, M., Alvarado, A., Celaya-Alston, R., Quintero, Y., Aguillon, R. Proyecto Interconexiones: pilot-test of a community-based depression care program for Latina violence survivors. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 7(4), 395-401