Adaptation of problem-solving treatment for prevention of depression among low-income, culturally diverse mothers

Emily Feinberg, Rachel Stein, Yaminette Diaz-Linhart, Lucia Egbert, William Beardslee, Mark T. Hegel, Michael Silverstein

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Adapting evidence-based interventions to be more accessible and culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations is a potential strategy to address disparities in mental health care. We adapted an evidence-based depression-treatment strategy, Problem-Solving Treatment, to prevent depression among low-income mothers with vulnerable children. Intervention adaptations spanned 3 domains: (1) the intervention's new prevention focus, (2) conducting a parent-focused intervention in venues oriented to children; and (3) cultural competency. The feasibility of adaptations was assessed through 2 pilot-randomized trials (n = 93), which demonstrated high participant adherence, satisfaction, and retention, demonstrating the feasibility of our adaptations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-67
Number of pages11
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • behavioral intervention
  • child development
  • community-based research
  • maternal depression
  • mental health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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