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Community Ment Health J. 2013 Oct;49(5):587-98. doi: 10.1007/s10597-012-9559-1. Epub 2012 Nov 21.

Towards a cultural adaptation of family psychoeducation: findings from three latino focus groups.

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Bureau of Evidence Based Services and Implementation Science, New York State Office of Mental Health, New York State Psychiatric Institute, NY 10032, USA.


This study was undertaken among Latinos receiving treatment from a community mental health center in New York City. The primary mental health concern was schizophrenia. We conducted three focus groups and present the viewpoints of consumers, family members, and providers. Using qualitative content analysis we identified four predominant categories: (1) the importance of family ties; (2) stigma about mental illness; (3) respect and trust in interpersonal relationships; and (4) facilitators and barriers to implementing Family Psychoeducation. Analysis of transcripts revealed specific subthemes for each category. Implications for imparting culturally sensitive material into mental health services for Latinos are discussed.

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