Ethnic differences among adolescents beginning treatment for depression.


Journal Article

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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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stein, GL; Curry, JF; Hersh, J; Breland-Noble, A; March, J; Silva, SG; Reinecke, MA; Jacobs, R

Published Date

  • April 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 152 - 158

PubMed ID

  • 20438153

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20438153

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1099-9809

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/a0018666


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States