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Hisp Health Care Int. 2009;7(4):179-189.

Clinical Trail Outcomes of the Mexican American Problem Solving Program (MAPS).

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Rush University College of Nursing, 600 South Paulina (1080 AAC), Chicago, IL 60612, Julia_cowell@rush.edu.

Abstract

Depression among Mexican immigrant women and children exceeds national prevalence rates. Given the influence of maternal depression on children, a clinical trial testing the effects of the Mexican American Problem Solving (MAPS) program was designed to address depression symptoms of Mexican immigrant women and their fourth and fifth grade children (302 dyads) through a linked home visiting and after school program compared to peers in a control group. Schools were randomized to intervention and control groups. There were statistically significant improvements in the children's health conceptions and family problem solving communication, factors predictive of mental health. Improvements in children's depression symptoms in the intervention group approached statistical significance. These promising results suggest that refined school based nursing interventions be included in community strategies to address the serious mental health problems that Mexican immigrants face.

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