The INSIGHT Program: Reducing Stress and Depression in Women of Color

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/147466
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Presentation
Title:
The INSIGHT Program: Reducing Stress and Depression in Women of Color
Abstract:
The INSIGHT Program: Reducing Stress and Depression in Women of Color
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Gordon, Verona, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Verona C. Gordon Corporation
Title:Professor
Depression ranks as the major mental health problem in the world. Depressed women have increased medical costs due to their repeated visits to physicians for psychosomatic complaints, chemical dependency and their high rate of psychiatric hospitalizations. That children of depressed mothers are high users of psychiatric treatment centers is well documented. Few research studies have been published on the prevalence and causes of depression in women of color. Many women of color live in poverty and struggle to care for their children and extended families without financial security. Women of color develop ailments and illnesses much more frequently than white women. Out of the 16 leading causes of death in women, the mortality rate of black women surpasses that of the white women in 13 out of 16 of those causes. Education and employment are seriously limited by discriminatory practices in our American society. Few of these women attend therapy groups led by Caucasian women. More professional women of color are needed to be trained to lead these groups. Research studies are needed to document the problems of depressed women of color. The major goal of the Insight Program is to reduce depression in women of color by cognitive-behavioral group therapy, helping them to gain awareness of their own strengths, becoming positive thinkers with increased self-esteem and self-energy. This brings about empowerment in women of diversity to become effective communicators benefiting themselves and their families. Methodology: Eight studies testing this holistic approach have been conducted in U.S. and Great Britain. All subjects completed tests measuring variables (depression, hope, anxiety, loneliness and self-esteem). Pre-post scores on (experimental and control) groups were compared using ANOVA. Follow-up study shows the intervention continues to be effective three years after therapy was discontinued. Control groups no change. Estimated cost-savings of up to 74% per woman. Current studies replicated in eight university sites in U.S. show similar outcomes. Manuals followed by group facilitators and group members are translated into Spanish and focus on women’s health (AIDS, Drug Abuses), understanding and supporting depressed women of color, self-efficacy and safety for battered women. Significance: 1) Helps women cope with stress effectively, taking an active role in their own health, 2) strengthens family unit, 3) promotes women’s health, 4) prevents possible severe depression, 5) reduces health care costs, 6) increases research data on depression in women of color. Format of Presentation: 1) The Insight Program. A nurse researcher describes the INSIGHT Program, focusing on research outcomes of this evidence-based practice. She describes the manuals (English and Spanish) used by facilitators and group members and training centers for the group facilitators. 2) Facilitating INSIGHT groups with Women of Color. A clinical psychologist speaks to the issues and problems of women of color and her experience facilitating INSIGHT groups with positive results. As a clinical psychologist she teaches graduate courses on minority issues, changing families and cultural diversity. 3) Conducting and Marketing INSIGHT groups. A nurse psychotherapist, who has facilitated 108 INSIGHT groups, will explain step-by-step how to conduct each group session, and marketing the program.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe INSIGHT Program: Reducing Stress and Depression in Women of Coloren_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/147466-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The INSIGHT Program: Reducing Stress and Depression in Women of Color</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Gordon, Verona, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Verona C. Gordon Corporation</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">gordo002@tc.um.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Depression ranks as the major mental health problem in the world. Depressed women have increased medical costs due to their repeated visits to physicians for psychosomatic complaints, chemical dependency and their high rate of psychiatric hospitalizations. That children of depressed mothers are high users of psychiatric treatment centers is well documented. Few research studies have been published on the prevalence and causes of depression in women of color. Many women of color live in poverty and struggle to care for their children and extended families without financial security. Women of color develop ailments and illnesses much more frequently than white women. Out of the 16 leading causes of death in women, the mortality rate of black women surpasses that of the white women in 13 out of 16 of those causes. Education and employment are seriously limited by discriminatory practices in our American society. Few of these women attend therapy groups led by Caucasian women. More professional women of color are needed to be trained to lead these groups. Research studies are needed to document the problems of depressed women of color. The major goal of the Insight Program is to reduce depression in women of color by cognitive-behavioral group therapy, helping them to gain awareness of their own strengths, becoming positive thinkers with increased self-esteem and self-energy. This brings about empowerment in women of diversity to become effective communicators benefiting themselves and their families. Methodology: Eight studies testing this holistic approach have been conducted in U.S. and Great Britain. All subjects completed tests measuring variables (depression, hope, anxiety, loneliness and self-esteem). Pre-post scores on (experimental and control) groups were compared using ANOVA. Follow-up study shows the intervention continues to be effective three years after therapy was discontinued. Control groups no change. Estimated cost-savings of up to 74% per woman. Current studies replicated in eight university sites in U.S. show similar outcomes. Manuals followed by group facilitators and group members are translated into Spanish and focus on women&rsquo;s health (AIDS, Drug Abuses), understanding and supporting depressed women of color, self-efficacy and safety for battered women. Significance: 1) Helps women cope with stress effectively, taking an active role in their own health, 2) strengthens family unit, 3) promotes women&rsquo;s health, 4) prevents possible severe depression, 5) reduces health care costs, 6) increases research data on depression in women of color. Format of Presentation: 1) The Insight Program. A nurse researcher describes the INSIGHT Program, focusing on research outcomes of this evidence-based practice. She describes the manuals (English and Spanish) used by facilitators and group members and training centers for the group facilitators. 2) Facilitating INSIGHT groups with Women of Color. A clinical psychologist speaks to the issues and problems of women of color and her experience facilitating INSIGHT groups with positive results. As a clinical psychologist she teaches graduate courses on minority issues, changing families and cultural diversity. 3) Conducting and Marketing INSIGHT groups. A nurse psychotherapist, who has facilitated 108 INSIGHT groups, will explain step-by-step how to conduct each group session, and marketing the program.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:32:42Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:32:42Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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