Tools for Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder Among Latinos



The Latino population has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing groups in the United States. Among this group, estimates of the prevalence rates of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) have been reported to range from 1% to 11%. While the treatment for GAD has been well researched among the general population, the bulk of this research has not included Spanish speakers. Working with the Spanish-speaking community requires awareness of the diversity of the Latino population and the cultural factors that may impact the presentation of generalized anxiety disorder. This book chapter aims to better prepare providers to work with the Latino community, specifically Spanish-speaking individuals with GAD. In this chapter, an overview of (1) cultural considerations in the presentation of GAD among Latinos, (2) evidence-based practices as they apply to Latinos in general and with regard to GAD specifically, (3) a session plan for treating GAD from an evidence-based perspective, and (4) Spanish language worksheets and tools that can be used in session is provided.


Generalized anxiety disorder Latinos Intervention Cultural factors Spanish 


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