Mexico Virtual Lecture Series: The Pregnant Moms’ Empowerment Program in Mexico: A Culturally Adapted Intervention to Address the Intergenerational Effects of Intimate Partner Violence

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 12:00 pm EST

According to national statistics, more than 40% of women in Mexico have experienced intimate partner violence. However, culturally appropriate evidence-based treatment is rarely available. To address this need and in partnership with the State Women’s Institute of Nuevo León, we culturally adapted the Pregnant Moms’ Empowerment Program (PMEP), gathering input from key stakeholders. PMEP is a manualized group intervention that incorporates psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral skills, and social support to enhance mothers’ wellbeing and promote their children’s development. Initial pilot implementation and evaluation are ongoing, with 58 women enrolled in a randomized controlled trial to evaluate program satisfaction and effectiveness post-intervention and 3 months postpartum. The participant sample is characterized by multiple risk factors: 67% identify as single mothers, 67% are economically vulnerable, and 38% are first-time mothers. Qualitative and quantitative data will be discussed to highlight the intervention elements that women found most helpful, as well as changes in women’s violence experiences, mental health symptoms, resilience, and parenting attitudes. Join us on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, from 12:00p.m. to 1:30p.m. ET.

Dr. Laura Miller-Graff
Dr. Cecilia Martinez-Torteya

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