Author(s): Brawner BM, Waite RL
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Abstract TOPIC: Optimizing development outcomes among African American adolescents with depression. PURPOSE: This paper aims to explore patient and/or provider level variables that may impact the assessment, detection, and diagnosis of depression among African American adolescents. SOURCES: Multidisciplinary literature specific to depression among African American adolescents and clinical experience. CONCLUSION: Nurses are in a position to advocate for the appropriate detection of depression among African American adolescents. Both patient- and provider-level variables (i.e., potential attitudes toward mental health care, ethnocultural variations in the manifestation of depression, and individual provider biases) must be sensitively addressed to affect much needed change and minimize disparate health outcomes.
This article was published in J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs
and referenced in Primary Healthcare: Open Access