A qualitative analysis of the perception of stigma among latinos receiving antidepressants

Alejandro Interian, Igda E. Martinez, Peter J. Guarnaccia, William A. Vega, Javier I. Escobar

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Objective: This study sought to describe the role of stigma in antidepressant adherence among Latinos. Methods: The study utilized data generated from six focus groups of Latino outpatients receiving antidepressants (N=30). By using a grounded theory approach, qualitative analysis focused specifically on the role of stigma in antidepressant treatment, as well as salient Latino values. Results: Perceptions of stigma were related to both the diagnosis of depression and use of antidepressant medication. Qualitative analyses showed that antidepressant use was seen as implying more severe illness, weakness or failure to cope with problems, and being under the effects of a drug. Reports of stigma were also related to social consequences. Also, the perceived negative attributes of antidepressant use were at odds with self-perceived cultural values. Conclusions: Stigma was a prominent concern among Latinos receiving antidepressants, and stigma often affected adherence. Furthermore, culture is likely to play an important role in the communication of stigma and its associated complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1591-1594
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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