Engaging depressed African American adolescents in treatment: lessons from the AAKOMA PROJECT.


Journal Article

The authors describe and illustrate means of engaging depressed African American adolescents in treatment. Twenty-eight youth participated in focus groups or individual interviews. Using grounded theory and transcript based analysis, they derived 5 themes describing African American adolescents' experience of depression and suggested mechanisms for improving African American youth treatment engagement. Practitioners can educate African American youth about depression as a medical disorder, build trust, and apply innovative approaches to recognizing differential manifestations of depression in African American youth.

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Cited Authors

  • Breland-Noble, AM; Burriss, A; Poole, HK; AAKOMA PROJECT Adult Advisory Board,

Published Date

  • August 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 868 - 879

PubMed ID

  • 20564682

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20564682

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4679

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/jclp.20708


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States