Ivonne Florez

Ivonne Florez
Kaiser Permanente · Section for Behavioral and Mental Health and Aging

PhD

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Introduction
Ivonne Andrea Florez obtained her PhD from the University of Mississippi. Ivonne does research in Positive Psychology, Clinical Psychology and suicide prevention.

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Publications (17)
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The study explored associations among childhood abuse, post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), and alcohol misuse in a sample of low-income African-American women (N = 172). Using bootstrapping techniques, a mediation effect was found of childhood physical and emotional abuse on alcohol misuse via PTSS symptom severity, avoidance, and hyperarousal,...
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Youths in rural areas have approximately double the risk for suicide than do urban youth. This study analyzed data from 580 youth aged 10 to 17-years-old who endorsed lifetime suicidal ideation on intake at three large rural behavioral health centers. Results indicated that a five-factor model including older age, number of inpatient hospitalizatio...
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Intimate partner violence (IPV) exposure can increase alcohol use. Although African Americans use less alcohol compared with European Americans, African American women experience disparate rates of IPV, potentially intensifying their alcohol abuse. We used data from 171 African American women to test if IPV was related to alcohol abuse and if psych...
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Early identification and appropriate referral services are priorities to prevent suicide. Aims: The aim of this study was to describe patterns of identification and referrals among three behavioral health centers and determine whether youth demographic factors and type of training received by providers were associated with identification and referr...
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Background: Early identification and appropriate referral services are priorities to prevent suicide. Aims: The aim of this study was to describe patterns of identification and referrals among three behavioral health centers and determine whether youth demographic factors and type of training received by providers were associated with identificatio...
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Recent research suggests that meaning in life relates to processes of social judgments and could facilitate relationships between racially diverse individuals. At this time however, there is no study that examines factors that influence the relationship between meaning, racial prejudice, and values. To fill this gap, the present study examined whet...
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Objective: This study examined whether (1) behavioral health providers were more likely to implement best practices when they were more confident in their abilities, (2) number of suicide prevention trainings was positively associated with perceived confidence in abilities and implementation of evidence-based practices, and (3) specific trainings...
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Background: There is an increased interest in understanding the mechanisms through which post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) relates with hopelessness and suicidal ideation. Spiritual well-being could help explain the link between PTSD and both hopelessness and suicidal ideation in African Americans. However, no study has examined the mediational...
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The interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior (IPTS) is an exemplary model for understanding the desire for suicidal behavior. As such, it is important to explore its applicability in ethnoracial minority groups at increasing risk for suicidal behavior, such as low-income, African American women. Guided by the IPTS, the current study...
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Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) are at increased risk of presenting challenging behaviors and comorbid mental illness. Preliminary findings show decreased challenging behaviors and overall increased functioning in individuals with ID and mental health problems who receive adapted dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). However, more resea...
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Viktor Frankl was one of the first in the field of mental health to highlight the relationship between meaning in life and substance abuse. He posited that existential vacuum, proneness to boredom, and maladaptive coping strategies associated with the absence of meaning contribute to the development and maintenance of substance use disorders (SUD)....
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Research findings have systematically pointed out the importance of addressing meaning in life in several mental health disorders and, therefore, in clinical practice. The growing interest in Meaning-centered interventions has allowed for the consolidation of a strong theoretical model of clinical practice suitable to the needs of today’s clinician...
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Perceived meaning in life positively and significantly correlates with adaptive characteristics such as cognitive flexibility, altruism, self-transcendence, social relatedness, and values-directed behavior. Furthermore, one recent study has evidenced that perceived meaning in life is related to automatic stereotyping—the spontaneous activation of o...
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Research findings have systematically pointed out the importance of addressing meaning in life in several mental health disorders and, therefore, in clinical practice. The growing interest in Meaning-centered interventions has allowed for the consolidation of a strong theoretical model of clinical practice suitable to the needs of today’s clinician...
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p style="text-align: justify;">El estudio analiza los motivos de consumo y no con- sumo en los adolescentes de un colegio de Chía. Se realizó un estudio cualitativo de análisis de contenido en donde se desarrolló una aproximación cualitativa por medio de preguntas abiertas; para posteriormente crear las categorías de análisis y cuantificar los resu...
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The study analyzes the reasons for consuming alcohol or not among adolescents in a school in Chia. The study has a content analysis qualitative approach, in which open-ended questions were used. Later on, categories of analysis were created and through a quantitative approach results were assessed. The study was conducted on a sample of 282 adolesc...
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The objective of this study was to identify the associations between adolescents´ alcohol consumption and their perceptions about parental substance use and parental permissiveness regarding alcohol use in a group of youngsters from Chía (Colombia). Variables of interest were measured through a correlational study, on the basis of a survey designed...

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