Family first: The development of an evidence-based family intervention for increasing participation in psychiatric clinical care and research in depressed African American adolescents

Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, Carl Bell, Guerda Nicolas

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Abstract

Researchers have documented health disparities for African American and other youth of color in the area of mental health. In accordance with calls for the development of innovative methods for use in reducing these disparities, the purpose of this article is to describe the development of an evidence-based intervention targeting the use of psychiatric clinical care by African American families.The authors summarize current research in the areas of perceived and demonstrated bias in the provision of mental health services, the significance of the problem of low African American participation in psychiatric clinical research and care, and evidence-based approaches to conducting family-oriented research to address adolescent mental illness in this population. This discussion is followed by a description of the development of an intervention to improve familial treatment engagement and plans to test the intervention. The article is provided as a foundation for carefully defined plans to address the unmet mental health needs of depressed African American adolescents within a culturally relevant familial context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-169
Number of pages17
JournalFamily Process
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2006

Keywords

  • Adolescent Depression
  • African American Youth
  • Blocks
  • Culturally Relevant Intervention
  • Empirically Supported Treatment
  • Intervention Development
  • Psychiatric Clinical Care
  • Racial Health Disparities
  • Sociocultural Factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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