Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 52, Issue 6, pp 701–709 | Cite as

A Pilot Study of a Novel Method of Measuring Stigma about Depression Developed for Latinos in the Faith-Based Setting

  • Susan Caplan
Original Paper


In order to understand the effects of interventions designed to reduce stigma about mental illness, we need valid measures. However, the validity of commonly used measures is compromised by social desirability bias. The purpose of this pilot study was to test an anonymous method of measuring stigma in the community setting. The method of data collection, Preguntas con Cartas (Questions with Cards) used numbered playing cards to conduct anonymous group polling about stigmatizing beliefs during a mental health literacy intervention. An analysis of the difference between Preguntas con Cartas stigma votes and corresponding face-to-face individual survey results for the same seven stigma questions indicated that there was a statistically significant differences in the distributions between the two methods of data collection (χ2 = 8.27, p = 0.016). This exploratory study has shown the potential effectiveness of Preguntas con Cartas as a novel method of measuring stigma in the community-based setting.


Stigma Measurement Methodology Community-based interventions Mental health Latinos 



Thanks to Dr. Dennis Carmody for his statistical support and methodological advice. For their enthusiastic support and dedication to their communities, I’d like to thank, Rev. Luis Espinosa, Ft. George Church, Glendaly Santos, Elder, Ft. George Church, Digna Carvajal, Elder Ft. George Church,, Rev. Luisa Martinez, Primera Metodista, Carolyn Cordero, Primera Metodista, Jorge Lockward, Global Health Ministries, United Methodist Church, Sacred Heart Church, Fanny Twohig, Sacred Heart Church and Sister Patricia Pora, Director of Hispanic pastoral outreach for the Diocese of Portland, Maine. Sacred Heart Church.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of NursingRutgers University, The State University of New JerseyNewarkUSA

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