Project Wings, a Coping Intervention for Latina Adolescents: A Pilot Study

C. Garcia, Jessie Pintor, Gabriela Vazquez, Estefania Alvarez-Zumarraga

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The authors examined the feasibility and preliminary outcomes of Project Wings Girls' Groups, a school-based mental health promotion program designed to improve well-being in Latina adolescents, as observed in outcomes, including perceived stress, depressive symptoms, coping, and connectedness. This pilot randomized controlled trial compared outcomes over 9 months postintervention for 42 9th and 10th grade adolescents attending two urban high schools. Girls were randomized to Project Wings Girls' Groups, a 16-session facilitated curriculum, including sharing circles, mind-body exercises, and coping skills building or the attention control (i.e., similar format but focused on general health topics). Feasibility of retention and long-term follow-up data collection was demonstrated, with lessons learned for future study. Although not statistically powered, this trial demonstrated findings in the expected direction, including reduced perceived stress and depression and increased connectedness. A trial with sufficient power is warranted to examine Project Wings' effects on mental health problems among Latina adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)434-458
Number of pages25
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The research described in this article was supported in part by a University of Minnesota Multicultural Faculty Award, a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health K12 Grant from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development administered by the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health, and a P20 Center for Health Trajectory Research grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research.

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  • Latino
  • adolescence
  • anxiety/stress


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