Mental Health Program for Latino Youth
A School-based Mental Health Program for Immigrant Latino Youth in a New Destination City
Purpose: To pilot a school-based intervention addressing trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in immigrant Latino students in Baltimore City.
Methods: Teen Testimonios (TT) was developed to address the unique stressors of immigrant Latino youth in Baltimore City given a lack of bilingual mental healthcare resources. The curriculum was informed by Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and tailored to emphasize shared experiences such as migration processes, family reunification, acculturation and race relations. The curriculum consisted of 14 group sessions and one individual session. In this single-arm observational pilot testing of TT, participants (selected based on Child PTSD Symptom Scale [CPSS]) attended closed, weekly group sessions during school hours. The CPSS was re-administered at the program’s conclusion to assess symptom change.
Results: Bilingual social workers and therapists with experience in trauma and PTSD facilitated groups. Facilitators hosted 14 groups at 10 schools for 90 students overall. Data were available for 13 groups (84 students). Participants were predominantly middle school aged (67%), female (60%) and in the BCPS system for 2 years or fewer (75%). Mean attendance at group sessions was 77%. Participants reported a mean reduction of 20% (95% CI 8%-30%) in PTSD symptoms using the CPSS.
Conclusions: A school-based, culturally- and contextually-tailored intervention addressing PTSD and trauma is feasible and acceptable, and may reduce PTSD symptoms among immigrant Latino youth at high risk of mental health problems who may otherwise lack access to mental health services.
|Sarah Polk, MD, ScM||Urban Health Institute, Centro SOL|
||Project Start Date
|Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine||9/1/2015|
|Co - Principal Investigator
||Project End Date
|Other Co - Principal Investigators
|N/A||Guerrero Vazquez, Monica-MPH,MS
Haber, Eric- LSW