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Community Mental Health Engagement with Racially Diverse Populations

This new book by Dr. Alfiee summarizes research on reducing mental health disparities in underserved populations through community engagement.

Racial Differences in the Impact of Adolescent Depression in TADS

“This published study examines racial differences in the impact of adolescent depression between White, African American, and Latino families. Findings are from the Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS), a multi-site clinical research study evaluating the efficacy of CBT and Fluoxetine for treating adolescents with major depressive disorder. Primary caretakers of 439 adolescents with depression were interviewed.”

The Epidemiology of Mental Disorders in African American Children

One in five children and adolescents experience significant symptoms of emotional distress and approximately 10 % of youth suffer from emotional disorders, which impair their personal, school, and family lives. African American youth may experience even higher rates of some psychiatric distress due to a number of environmental challenges they face that place them at risk, including a lack of access to mental health services.

Ring the Alarm : The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America

Over the last several years, data has emerged indicating an alarming increase in the suicide rates for Black children and teenagers over the past generation.

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