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Depression in Latinos

Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention

  • Thomas P. Gullotta
  • Sergio A. Aguilar-Gaxiola

Part of the Issues in Children's and Families' Lives book series (IICL, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Sociodemographic, Epidemiological, Linguistic, and Cultural Factors in Depression in Latinos

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sergio A. Aguilar-Gaxiola, Elizabeth J. Kramer, Cynthia Resendez, Cristina G. Magaña
      Pages 3-28
    3. Guilherme Borges, María Elena Medina-Mora, Corina Benjet, Joaquín Zambrano Ruíz, Joshua Breslau, Jose Posada et al.
      Pages 53-71
    4. María Elena Medina-Mora, Estela Rojas Guiot, Guilherme Borges, Lucía Vázquez-Pérez, Clara Fleiz Bautista, Tania Real Quintanar
      Pages 73-91
  3. Prevention, Screening, Assessment, and Diagnosis of Depression

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John E. Pérez, Ricardo F. Muñoz
      Pages 117-140
    3. Antonio J. Polo, Steven R. López
      Pages 163-186
  4. Treatment of Depression

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Guillermo Bernal, Mae Lynn Reyes
      Pages 189-204
    3. Alex J. Kopelowicz, Humberto Marin, Michael W. Smith
      Pages 205-223
    4. Jeanne Miranda
      Pages 225-236
  5. Gender and Life-Cycle Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ladson Hinton, Patricia A. Areán
      Pages 277-298
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 299-329

About this book


Depression ranks as a leading mental health problem among Hispanic immigrants and their US-born children. And a wide array of issues—starting with the widespread stereotype of the "illegal immigrant"—makes the Latino experience of this condition differ from that of any other group. Depression in Latinos consolidates the conceptual, diagnostic, and clinical knowledge base on this salient topic, providing coverage from prevalence to prevention, from efficient screening to effective interventions.

In this concise yet comprehensive volume, leading clinicians, researchers, and academics offer extensive research and clinical findings, literature reviews (e.g., an in-depth chapter on the Mexican American Prevalence and Services Survey), and insights gathered from first-hand experience in clinical practice. Perceptive information is offered on the most urgent and complex issues on depression in this diverse and dynamic population, including:

  • The impact language, culture, and societal factors have on depression and its diagnosis.
  • The most relevant assessment instruments.
  • How depression manifests among Latino children, youth, and seniors as well as in Latinas.
  • The relationship between depression and substance abuse.
  • The most effective evidence-based treatment methods.
  • The efficacy of interventions for depression at the community level.

Depression in Latinos is vital reading for clinicians, counseling and school psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, and public health professionals interested in providing their Hispanic clients with the most effective treatment possible. In addition, its coverage of the broader issues of access to care makes this volume essential reading for mental health administrators, volunteer/outreach agencies, and policymakers.


Epidemiolgy Latinos Prevention Public Health Treatment assessment culture depression diagnosis epidemiology gender intervention language migrants women

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas P. Gullotta
  • Sergio A. Aguilar-Gaxiola

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About the editors

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola is Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, Davis. He is also Founding Director of the newly developed Center for Reducing Health Disparities at UC Davis Health System. Dr. Aguilar-Gaxiola is the on-site Principal Investigator of the Mexican American Prevalence and Services Survey (MAPSS), the largest mental health study conducted in the U.S. on Mexican Americans. He is a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He holds several World Health Organization (WHO) advisory board and consulting positions, and is the Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the WHO World Mental Health (WMH) Consortium. He is also Chair Elect of the Board of Directors of the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) and a member of the NMHA’s Executive Board of Directors. He is actively involved in several key areas of national and international mental health. His extensive research includes cross-national comparative epidemiologic research on patterns and correlates of mental disorders and substance abuse in general population samples, and the development of culturally and linguistically sensitive mental health diagnostic instruments and the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate treatments. He is a licensed clinical-community psychologist who formally trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy for depressive and anxiety disorders with over two decades of experience providing psychotherapy services to Spanish-speaking consumers and their families.

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