Recovery from depression among clients transitioning out of poverty

Alisha Ali, Robert L. Hawkins, Debbie Ann Chambers

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The objective of this study was to investigate whether a program designed to change the economic conditions of clients' lives could also have an impact on reducing their level of depression. The study focused on a sample of men and women attending a program designed to transition clients out of poverty through microlending and peer support. Results revealed that 40.5% of participants who met diagnostic criteria for major depression before beginning the program were no longer clinically depressed after participating in the program for 6 months. The results also revealed that the clients who reported that they felt a strong sense of interpersonal connection within the program were the most likely to recover from depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Depression
  • Empowerment model
  • Financial empowerment and mental health
  • Low-income communities
  • Low-income men and women
  • Peer support
  • Poverty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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