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Depression screening and education: an examination of mental health literacy and stigma in a sample of Hispanic women

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, May 2018
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Depression screening and education: an examination of mental health literacy and stigma in a sample of Hispanic women
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BMC Public Health, May 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12889-018-5516-4
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Veronica Lopez, Katherine Sanchez, Michael O. Killian, Brittany H. Eghaneyan


Mental health literacy consists of knowledge of a mental disorder and of the associated stigma. Barriers to depression treatment among Hispanic populations include persistent stigma which is primarily perpetuated by inadequate disease literacy and cultural factors. U.S.-born Hispanics are more likely to have depression compared to Hispanics born in Latin America and are less likely to follow a treatment plan compared to non-Hispanic whites. Hispanic women are more likely to access treatment through a primary care provider, making it an ideal setting for early mental health interventions. Baseline data from 319 female Hispanic patients enrolled in Project DESEO: Depression Screening and Education: Options to Reduce Barriers to Treatment, were examined. The study implemented universal screening with a self-report depression screening tool (the 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and took place at one federally qualified health center (FQHC) over a 24-month period. The current analysis examined the relationship between four culturally adapted stigma measures and depression knowledge, and tested whether mental health literacy was comparable across education levels in a sample of Hispanic women diagnosed with depression. Almost two-thirds of the sample had less than a high school education. Depression knowledge scores were significantly, weakly correlated with each the Stigma Concerns About Mental Health Care (ρ = - .165, p = .003), Latino Scale for Antidepressant Stigma (p = .124, p = .028), and Social Distance scores (p = .150, p = .007). Depression knowledge (F[2, 312] = 11.82, p < .001, partial η2 = .071), Social Distance scores (F[2, 312] = 3.34, p = .037, partial η2 = .021), and antidepressant medication stigma scores (F[2, 312] = 3.33, p = .037, partial η2 = .015) significantly varied by education category. Participants with at least some college education reported significantly greater depression knowledge and less stigma surrounding depression and medication than participants with lower education levels. Primary care settings are often the gateway to identifying undiagnosed mental health disorders, particularly for Hispanic women with comorbid physical health conditions. This study is unique in that it aims to examine the specific role of patient education level as a predictor of mental health literacy. For Hispanic women, understanding the mental health literacy of patients in a healthcare setting may improve quality of care through early detection of symptoms, culturally effective education and subsequent engagement in treatment. The study was registered with https://clinicaltrials.gov/: NCT02491034 July 2, 2015.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 211 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 38 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 23 11%
Researcher 20 9%
Student > Master 19 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 19 9%
Other 31 15%
Unknown 61 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 34 16%
Nursing and Health Professions 27 13%
Social Sciences 26 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 22 10%
Unspecified 7 3%
Other 22 10%
Unknown 73 35%

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