Ethnic Differences Among Adolescents Beginning Treatment for Depression

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Gabriela L. Stein, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This study examines ethnic/racial differences at the start of treatment among participants in the Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS). African American and Latino youth were compared to Caucasian youth on symptom presentation and cognitive variables associated with depression. Contrary to hypothesis, there were no significant differences in symptom presentation as measured by the interview-based items of the Children’s Depression Rating Scale – Revised (CDRS-R). However, African American and Latino youth were both rated as demonstrating more severe symptoms on the observational items of the CDRS-R compared to Caucasian youth. In terms of cognitive variables associated with depression, African Americans reported fewer negative cognitive biases compared to Caucasians, but cognitive biases were significantly correlated with depression severity across ethnic groups.

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Stein, G.L. Curry, J.F., Hersh, J, Breland-Noble, A., Silva, S.G., Reinecke, M.A., Jacobs, R., & March, J. (2010). Ethnic differences at the initiation of treatment for adolescent depression. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(2), 152-158.
Language: English
Date: 2010
ethnic differences, depression, Latino and African American, cognitive variables

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