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Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action

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Winter 2013


Community-based family services -- Research, Community health services, Abused women -- Mental health services


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.


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.



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