Impact of Community Interventions on the Social Representation of Depression in Rural Gujarat

I. Mindlis, J. Schuetz-Mueller, S. Shah, R. Appasani, A. Coleman, C. L. Katz

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There is a pressing need to develop community interventions that will address stigma against mental illness in rural India. This cross-sectional study will compare social representations of depression in villages where educational programs have targeted mental illness and stigma versus control villages. Participants from the villages exposed to the educational interventions (n = 146) will be compared with a sample from six control villages (n = 187) in the same geographic region, using a structured questionnaire. The impact of the intervention as a predictor for questionnaire score will be assessed along with socio-demographic variables. The intervention villages showed higher levels of literacy regarding depression and lower levels of stigma, after adjusting for all other socio-demographic variables. While some demographic factors associated with the knowledge and attitudes towards depression are not modifiable, our research provides evidence in favor of the positive influence a community grassroots intervention can have on mental health literacy in rural settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-433
Number of pages15
JournalPsychiatric Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - 24 Sep 2015


  • Community health workers
  • Depression
  • India
  • Mental illness
  • Rural population


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