Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 280–289

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

Authors

    • Division of Community Health, Department of Community and Family MedicineDuke University Medical Center
  • India J. Ornelas
    • Department of Health ServicesThe University of Washington
  • Georgina Perez
    • Division of Community Health, Department of Community and Family MedicineDuke University Medical Center
  • Melissa A. Green
    • Sheps Center for Health Services ResearchThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Michelle Lyn
    • Division of Community Health, Department of Community and Family MedicineDuke University Medical Center
  • Giselle Corbie-Smith
    • Department of Social Medicine and Department of MedicineThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10903-012-9735-y

Cite this article as:
Tran, A.N., Ornelas, I.J., Perez, G. et al. J Immigrant Minority Health (2014) 16: 280. doi:10.1007/s10903-012-9735-y

Abstract

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. Using a pre- and post-test design, we evaluated mental health outcomes, specifically, in 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.

Keywords

LatinoImmigrantMental healthStressPromotora

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