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Evaluation of a Fotonovela to Increase Depression Knowledge and Reduce Stigma Among Hispanic Adults

Jennifer B. Unger; Leopoldo J. Cabassa; Gregory B. Molina; Sandra Contreras; Melvin Baron

Title:
Evaluation of a Fotonovela to Increase Depression Knowledge and Reduce Stigma Among Hispanic Adults
Author(s):
Unger, Jennifer B.
Cabassa, Leopoldo J.
Molina, Gregory B.
Contreras, Sandra
Baron, Melvin
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Social Work
Volume:
15
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Book/Journal Title:
Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Abstract:
Fotonovelas—small booklets that portray a dramatic story using photographs and captions— represent a powerful health education tool for low-literacy and ethnic minority audiences. This study evaluated the effectiveness of a depression fotonovela in increasing depression knowledge, decreasing stigma, increasing self-efficacy to recognize depression, and increasing intentions to seek treatment, relative to a text pamphlet. Hispanic adults attending a community adult school (N = 157, 47.5 % female, mean age = 35.8 years, 84 % immigrants, 63 % with less than high school education) were randomly assigned to read the fotonovela or a low-literacy text pamphlet about depression. They completed surveys before reading the material, immediately after reading the material, and 1 month later. The fotonovela and text pamphlet both produced significant improvements in depression knowledge and self-efficacy to identify depression, but the fotonovela produced significantly larger reductions in antidepressant stigma and mental health care stigma. The fotonovela also was more likely to be passed on to family or friends after the study, potentially increasing its reach throughout the community. Results indicate that fotonovelas can be useful for improving health literacy among underserved populations, which could reduce health disparities.
Subject(s):
Mental health
Publisher DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-012-9623-5
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Suggested Citation:
Jennifer B. Unger, Leopoldo J. Cabassa, Gregory B. Molina, Sandra Contreras, Melvin Baron, , Evaluation of a Fotonovela to Increase Depression Knowledge and Reduce Stigma Among Hispanic Adults, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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