BRIEF BEHAVIORAL ACTIVATION TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION IN SPANISH-SPEAKING LATINOS: ACCEPTABILITY AND PRELIMINARY EVALUATION
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Although depression is highly treatable, disparities in mental health treatment in the US have prevented Latinos who lack English language proficiency from accessing efficacious interventions. Reasons cited for these disparities include language barriers, high cost of services, lack of culturally sensitive treatments, and stigma toward mental health treatment. A direct Spanish translation of the Brief Behavioral Activation Treatment for Depression (BATD) may be well-equipped to address the existing barriers through its focus on individual and cultural values, its efficiency and straight-forward nature, itsfocus on developing existing and new strengths, and conceptualization of depression as a consequence of clients' environments and not of cognitive processes, which may serve to decrease stigma associated with care. Using this translation, the current study sought to establish preliminary efficacy and acceptability of BATD in a group of depressed Spanish-speaking Latinos (N=10) . Results showed that over time there was a significant decrease in self-reported depression and a significant increase in activation as indicated by multiple self-report measures. Further, increases in activation corresponded to decreases in depression. Sustained clinical gains through a one-month follow-up were observed. Taken together, these results provide preliminary support for BATD as an efficacious treatment for depression. Consideration of the results combined with interview-based feedback obtained from participants provide several domains for modification of this treatment for future studies, and suggest that the next logical step is to include a treatment control group and a larger sample size in future investigations.