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Pilot Promotora Intervention Improves Mental Health Among Immigrant Latinas

Evaluation of Amigas Latinas Motivando el Alma (ALMA): A Pilot Promotora Intervention Focused on Stress and Coping Among Immigrant Latinas

Recent immigrant Latinas are at increased risk of poor mental health due to stressors associated with adapting to life in the United States. This study evaluated Amigas Latinas Motivando el Alma, a promotora intervention to reduce stress and promote health and coping among recent immigrant Latinas. Studies typically focus on health outcomes of the targets of promotoras interventions but this study looks at the effect of the ALMA curriculum on promotoras themselves.

Using a pre- and post-test design, investigators evaluated the mental health outcomes of promotoras. Promotoras’ knowledge levels related to role of promotora and stress management increased, depressive symptoms and stress levels decreased, and coping responses and perceived social support increased as well. Results suggest that promotora programs may be an effective way to improve mental health in recent immigrant Latinas.

J Immigr Minor Health; Nov 2012 [Full Abstract]

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