Development of a Coping Intervention for Latina Adolescents: Exploring Feasibility Challenges and Successes

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154163
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Presentation
Title:
Development of a Coping Intervention for Latina Adolescents: Exploring Feasibility Challenges and Successes
Abstract:
Development of a Coping Intervention for Latina Adolescents: Exploring Feasibility Challenges and Successes
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Garcia, Carolyn Marie, PhD, MPH
P.I. Institution Name:University of Minnesota
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Jessie Kemmick Pintor, BA; Sandi Lindgren, LSW; Sandy Naughton, BA
[Research Presentation] Latino girls (Latinas) experience higher rates of depression and suicidal ideation than other girls their age and Latino boys. Adolescents may benefit from interventions that improve their ability to respond to and cope with life stressors, including unique stressors associated with immigration and familial separation. A school-based coping intervention informed by health realization and healthy youth development was developed for and piloted with adolescents. Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a school-based coping intervention for adolescents. Methods: Latina adolescents in school, 15-21 years old, were recruited into a semester long coping intervention. Participants met weekly for two-hours with two bilingual facilitators (e.g. nurse, social worker) to participate in sacred circle dialogue, exercise, and skills-building lessons. Weekly participation and attendance, and post-intervention focus group data were analyzed. Results: Twenty-one adolescents were successfully recruited. The fall semester intervention (n=10) occurred during school (72% attendance rate); the spring semester intervention (n=11) was held after school (84% attendance rate). Nine of the 21 (42%) participants attended all sessions. Three participants had limited involvement due to deportation issues involving themselves or a family member. Focus group data confirmed the girls' acceptability and skills learned, "like coping skills to control stress, so when you learn ways to lessen your stress, then you learn to make your life a little easier." Conclusion: Nursing is ideally situated to develop and implement school-based interventions for adolescents, including immigrant youth who are experiencing unique stressors. Globally, effective culturally relevant interventions are needed that promote healthy coping behaviors in youth. Our findings offer useful insights about adolescent recruitment and retention into a school-based group intervention. Future research includes testing of the intervention using a randomized, clinical trial design and exploration of intervention implementation in schools.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDevelopment of a Coping Intervention for Latina Adolescents: Exploring Feasibility Challenges and Successesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154163-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Development of a Coping Intervention for Latina Adolescents: Exploring Feasibility Challenges and Successes</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">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Garcia, Carolyn Marie, PhD, MPH</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Minnesota</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">garcia@umn.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Jessie Kemmick Pintor, BA; Sandi Lindgren, LSW; Sandy Naughton, BA</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] Latino girls (Latinas) experience higher rates of depression and suicidal ideation than other girls their age and Latino boys. Adolescents may benefit from interventions that improve their ability to respond to and cope with life stressors, including unique stressors associated with immigration and familial separation. A school-based coping intervention informed by health realization and healthy youth development was developed for and piloted with adolescents. Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a school-based coping intervention for adolescents. Methods: Latina adolescents in school, 15-21 years old, were recruited into a semester long coping intervention. Participants met weekly for two-hours with two bilingual facilitators (e.g. nurse, social worker) to participate in sacred circle dialogue, exercise, and skills-building lessons. Weekly participation and attendance, and post-intervention focus group data were analyzed. Results: Twenty-one adolescents were successfully recruited. The fall semester intervention (n=10) occurred during school (72% attendance rate); the spring semester intervention (n=11) was held after school (84% attendance rate). Nine of the 21 (42%) participants attended all sessions. Three participants had limited involvement due to deportation issues involving themselves or a family member. Focus group data confirmed the girls' acceptability and skills learned, &quot;like coping skills to control stress, so when you learn ways to lessen your stress, then you learn to make your life a little easier.&quot; Conclusion: Nursing is ideally situated to develop and implement school-based interventions for adolescents, including immigrant youth who are experiencing unique stressors. Globally, effective culturally relevant interventions are needed that promote healthy coping behaviors in youth. Our findings offer useful insights about adolescent recruitment and retention into a school-based group intervention. Future research includes testing of the intervention using a randomized, clinical trial design and exploration of intervention implementation in schools.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:47:27Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:47:27Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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