First Advisor

Louise Suit

Second Advisor

Patricia Cullen


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

47 pages


Executive Summary: Mental illness exists worldwide and affects everyone from the individual with mental illness to family members and community. Latinos are not different when it comes to mental illness when compared to the rest of the population. The number of individuals suffering from mental illness stigma is relatively high among the Latino community in the United States (US). Latinos who have been diagnosed with mental illness are less likely to seek treatment for their illness than the general population in the US. For this reason, a project to determine if Latinos attitudes and self-efficacy could be improved by an educational intervention via a brochure was completed. A quasi-experimental survey method was used to assess the effectiveness of the educational brochure to increase self-efficacy and increase knowledge about mental illness in the Latino community. The study’s objective was to improve patient outcome by increasing knowledge and changing attitudes towards mental illness in Latinos. The long-term goal was to increase knowledge and change attitudes towards mental illnesses therefore improving health outcomes such as: increasing rates of individuals in the Latino community seeking treatment, improving physical health, and having greater understanding of mental illness. The project plan included: identification of the problem, performing a literature review, creating an educational brochure, developing an instrument for self-efficacy evaluation, assigning participants to a treatment group and control group, collecting, and analyzing the data, and reporting the findings. Descriptive statistics was performed; participants average age was 30 to 39 years of age. The results were not significant statistically (t = 0.143.p >.001). The mean score for the control group (47.63) and intervention group (51.83) showed a slight improvement in the Latino individuals who read the brochure indicating some learning may have occurred after reading the brochure.

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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