American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 325–343 | Cite as

Mood Management Mail Intervention Increases Abstinence Rates for Spanish-Speaking Latino Smokers

  • Ricardo F. Muñoz
  • Barbara VanOss Marín
  • Samuel F. Posner
  • Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable
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Abstract

A self-administered mood management intervention program for smoking cessation provided through the mail to Spanish-speaking Latinos resulted in a 23% abstinence rate at 3 months compared to an 11% abstinence rate for a smoking cessation guide alone. Participants (N = 136) were randomly assigned to receive either the cessation guide (the Guía), or the Guía plus a mood management intervention (Tomando Control de su Vida) presented in writing and in audiotape format. At 3 months after random assignment, 16 out of 71 of those assigned to the Guía-plus-mood management condition reported being abstinent (not smoking for at least 7 days) compared to 7 out of 65 in the Guía-only condition (z = 1.8; p = .04, one-tailed). Moreover, those with a history of major depressive episodes, but not currently depressed, reported an even higher abstinence rate in the Guía-plus-mood management condition, compared to the Guía-only condition (31 vs. 11%, z = 1.8, p = .04, one-tailed). We conclude that the mood management mail intervention substantially increases abstinence rates, especially for those with a history of major depressive episodes.

smoking cessation mood management mail intervention Spanish-speaking depression 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricardo F. Muñoz
    • 1
    • 2
  • Barbara VanOss Marín
    • 1
  • Samuel F. Posner
    • 1
  • Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaSan Francisco
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatrySan Francisco General HospitalSan Francisco

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