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Psychol Serv. 2015 Feb;12(1):37-48. doi: 10.1037/a0037686. Epub 2014 Aug 18.

Providers' perspectives regarding the development of a web-based depression intervention for Latina/o youth.

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College of Charleston.
Medical University of South Carolina.


Latina/o youth appear to be at significant risk for depression and, of concern, is the high underutilization of mental health services observed in this population. There is a tremendous need for novel intervention methods to better serve the unique needs of this population. This article describes the development of Rise Above (Siempre Sale el Sol), a Web-based, self-help, depression intervention for Latina/o adolescents funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. We applied a cultural adaptation model to an evidence-based depression treatment to reduce potential service barriers and increase the relevance and potential efficacy of the intervention for Latina/o youth. We conducted thematic interviews with 32 national experts to obtain feedback that would inform our application of the cultural adaptation model, the potential efficacy of the intervention, and the feasibility of implementation. Future directions for the evaluation of Rise Above (Siempre Sale el Sol) are described.

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