Special thanks are given to Mr. Edward Quesada and Mr. Ignacio Pena of the Paramount Adult School. We could not have conducted this study without their generous assistance. This research was funded by grant #0539-H9109 from CONACYT.
The Effects of a Mental Health Video on the Social Skills Knowledge and Attitudes of Mexican Immigrants1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 24, Issue 20, pages 1794–1805, October 1994
How to Cite
Bohon, L. M., Santos, S. J., Sanchez-Sosa, J. J. and Singer, R. D. (1994), The Effects of a Mental Health Video on the Social Skills Knowledge and Attitudes of Mexican Immigrants. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 24: 1794–1805. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1994.tb01575.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a Spanish mental health video, “Cuida Su Salud Mental”, on the relationship attitudes and social skills knowledge of a Mexican immigrant sample. Subjects consisted of 72 Spanish speaking English as a second language (ESL) students recruited from the Paramount Adult School, in the county of Los Angeles. The Solomon (1949) Four Group Design was used. Half of the subjects were pretested on knowledge and attitudes about effective communication skills and relationships, respectively. All subjects view either the mental health video or a control video, and then were posttested on knowledge and attitudes. Results indicated that the mental healthy video (MHV) group exhibited more knowledge, F(1, 62) = 10.61, p= 0.002, and less risky attitudes, F(1, 62) = 4.29, p= 0.043, than the control video group. The MHV group also showed an increase in knowledge from the pretest to the posttest, F(1, 35) = 7.36, p= 0.01. Finally, both video groups reported a decrease in risky attitudes from pretest to posttest, F(1, 34) = 18.21, p= 0.001. These results support the use of “Cuida Su Salud Mental” as a productive and cost-effective mental health intervention that can be used to reach a large segment of the Spanish speaking community.