What is it about?

This research describes "Cuidándome," a culturally and trauma-informed adaptation of a chronic disease self-management program, tailored for Latina immigrant survivors suffering from depression or anxiety due to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The program was developed through a collaborative process involving stakeholders such as clinical psychologists, community health workers, and the target demographic. It underwent a series of adaptations to ensure cultural relevance and accessibility, including translation into Spanish, incorporation of culturally specific vignettes, and the adjustment of program materials to be more engaging and understandable for participants with varying levels of literacy. The study utilized Barrera’s five-stage process for cultural adaptation, focusing on making the program trauma-informed, culturally appropriate, and capable of being delivered virtually to overcome barriers to mental health care access for this population. [Some of the content on this page has been created by AI]

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Why is it important?

The adaptation of the self-management program addresses the significant need for accessible mental health resources for Latina immigrants, who are disproportionately affected by trauma and have limited access to mental health services. By integrating trauma-informed care and cultural sensitivity into the program, "Cuidándome" offers a promising approach to supporting immigrant women in managing symptoms of depression and anxiety, fostering resilience, and improving their overall well-being. The program's virtual delivery model and the possibility of being facilitated by trained, unlicensed personnel expand its reach, making mental health support more accessible to underserved populations. This adaptation highlights the importance of culturally tailored interventions in addressing the unique challenges faced by immigrant communities, potentially reducing disparities in mental health outcomes. KEY TAKEAWAY: "Cuidándome" effectively adapts a self-management program for Latina immigrants, blending cultural sensitivity with trauma-informed care to address mental health disparities.

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This page is a summary of: Cuidándome: A trauma-informed and cultural adaptation of a chronic disease self-management program for Latina immigrant survivors with a history of adverse childhood experiences and depression or anxiety symptoms., Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, February 2024, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/cdp0000639.
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