Recruiting and retaining low-income Latinos in psychotherapy research

J Consult Clin Psychol. 1996 Oct;64(5):868-74. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.64.5.868.


This article offers suggestions for recruiting and retaining low-income Latinos in treatment studies. Because Latinos underuse traditional mental health services, places such as medical centers or churches with large Latino constituents are suggested as useful alternative sources. To keep Latinos in research protocols, providing culturally sensitive treatments are necessary. Culturally sensitive treatments should incorporate families as part of recruitment efforts, particularly older men in the family. In addition, showing respect is an important aspect of traditional Latino culture that includes using formal titles and taking time to listen carefully. Finally, traditional Latinos tend to like interactions with others that are more warm and personal than is generally part of a research atmosphere.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Mother-Child Relations
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Patient Dropouts / psychology
  • Poverty / psychology*
  • Psychotherapy*
  • Psychotherapy, Group
  • Social Environment
  • Social Values