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Latinos’ Views of Chronic Disease and Minor Depression
Journal of Behavioral Health
  • Moya L Alfonso, Georgia Southern University
  • Jaime Corvin, University of South Florida
  • Claudia Aguado Loi, University of South Florida
  • Isabella Chan, University of South Florida
  • Linda M. Callejas, University of South Florida
  • Dina Martinez Tyson, University of South Florida
  • Maria Serrano, Hispanic Health Services Council
  • Phyllis Panzano, Decision Support Services
  • Junius Gonzales, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Background: There are notable health disparities among Latinos in the US associated with chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes) and depression. Further, chronic diseases and minor depression tend to co-occur among Latino populations. This paper reports findings from a community-based participatory research study using dyadic focus groups with Latinos who have chronic disease and minor depression and their family members. The goal of this study was to better understand barriers and facilitators to chronic disease self-management among underserved Latinos living with both chronic illness and minor depression and their families using a socio-ecological approach.
Methods: In total, five focus groups were conducted with individuals with chronic disease (n=25) and four with nominated family members (n=17). All focus groups were digitally recorded and transcribed by a professional transcription agency in Spanish. Transcripts were imported into Atlas.ti V 6.2 software program and analyzed in Spanish by a team of bilingual researchers using content analysis. Qualitative results are presented thematically by level of analysis or behavioral influence (i.e., individual, family, and community levels) and barriers and facilitators are discussed within each level.
Results: Results revealed individual, family, and community level barriers (e.g., transportation, expressed emotion, and lack of health care providers) and facilitators to managing chronic disease and minor depression (e.g., acceptance, family support, and Spanish speaking support groups).
Conclusion: Findings have important implications for the understanding of chronic disease management for Latinos and emphasize the need to use evidence based approaches that address barriers and facilitators across the social-ecological continuum.


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Moya L Alfonso, Jaime Corvin, Claudia Aguado Loi, Isabella Chan, et al.. "Latinos’ Views of Chronic Disease and Minor Depression" Journal of Behavioral Health Vol. 5 Iss. 1 (2016) p. 1 - 6
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