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Dissertation

Latino Conceptualization of Depression

28 June 2011

Abstract

Considering discrepant prevalence rates of depression (Sclar, Robinson, & Skaer, 2008; Menelson et al., 2008; Roberts, 1981) and lack of cultural emphasis in assessment measures for depression for Latino individuals (Azocar et al., 2001; Crockett et al., 2005; Garcia & Marks, 1988; Radloff, 1977), how depression is assessed in the Latino population may be inadequate. The current study examined whether there are differences between the way self-generated conceptualizations of depression by Latino and Caucasian participants are aligned with factors of the Center for Epidemiological Studies for Depression (CES-D). Both Latino and Caucasian participants were administered a demographic questionnaire and administered the Depression Conceptualization Measure (DCM), created by the author in conjunction with his research group, which is a measure asking participants to generate six responses that would indicate to them if they or someone else was depressed. After the data were analyzed, no significant differences were found between the alignment of Latino and Caucasian participants’ definitions of depression with the somatic, depressive, and interpersonal factors of the CES-D (Radloff, 1977). The findings from this study expand what we know about the conceptualization of depression with Latino individuals.


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