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Psychosocial Treatments for Depression with Adult Latinos

  • Guillermo Bernal
  • Mae Lynn Reyes
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Part of the Issues in Children's and Families' Lives book series (IICL, volume 8)

Personal Journey: Guillermo Bernal

Sadness and oppression are issues that an 11-year-old immigrant boy cannot fully comprehend. In a sense, the first author’s journey began at that age, when he became aware of a silent yet profound sadness within his family after migrating to the United States. For many years, everyone in the family was too busy struggling to survive in the new land. In the efforts to learn a new language and hold on to jobs or do well in school, there was little time to reflect on the loss of family, culture, and homeland, much less on the discrimination and oppression faced. Yet the sadness remained. Years later, this sadness manifested itself in different ways: For some family members, it was easier to be angry than sad; others found relief in substance abuse; and still others acted out during adolescence, thus distracting parents from experiencing sadness and loss. As the children grew into adults, many faced marital conflicts, which seemed to further distract them...

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Cognitive Behavior Therapy Latino Population Depression Care Latina Woman Pleasant Activity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology and DirectorUniversity Center for Psychological Services and Research, University of Puerto Rico, Río PiedrasRío Piedras

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