Jennifer L Humensky

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BACKGROUND Previous literature has shown a divergence by age in the relationship between socioeconomic status (SES) and substance use: adolescents with low SES are more likely to engage in substance use, as are adults with high SES. However, there is growing evidence that adolescents with high SES are also at high risk for substance abuse. The objective of(More)
BACKGROUND The proportion of people in the United States with multiple chronic medical conditions (MCMC) is increasing. Yet, little is known about the relationship that race, ethnicity, and psychiatric disorders have on the prevalence of MCMCs in the general population. METHODS This study used data from wave 2 of the National Epidemiologic Survey on(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine care system choices for Veterans dually-eligible for VA and Medicare FFS following changes in VA eligibility policy, which expanded availability of VA health care services. DATA SOURCES VA and Medicare FFS enrollment and outpatient utilization databases in 1999 and 2004. STUDY DESIGN Multinomial logistic regression was used to(More)
Growing awareness of health and health care disparities highlights the importance of including information about race, ethnicity, and culture (REC) in health research. Reporting of REC factors in research publications, however, is notoriously imprecise and unsystematic. This article describes the development of a checklist to assess the comprehensiveness(More)
PURPOSE Adolescents in primary care with sub-threshold depression symptoms may be candidates for early intervention to prevent onset of full major depressive disorder. Little is known about this population. METHOD We screened consecutive adolescents (ages 14-21) in 13 primary care sites for presence of depression symptoms for "at least a few days" or(More)
We examine school performance among 83 adolescents at risk for major depression. Negative mood interfered with subjective measures of school performance, including ability to do well in school, homework completion, concentrate in class, interact with peers, and going to class. No significant relationships were found for mood and objective measures of school(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors sought to evaluate 2 approaches with varying time and complexity in engaging adolescents with an Internet-based preventive intervention for depression in primary care. The authors conducted a randomized controlled trial comparing primary care physician motivational interview (MI, 5-10 minutes) + Internet program versus brief advice(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in office-based practice. METHODS Data from the 2003– 2010 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, a nationally representative survey of visits to U.S. office-based physicians, were used to examine outpatient visits involving treatment of adults with OCD. RESULTS Among the(More)
Objective: To examine whether mental health problems in adolescence is associated with decreased human capital formation by early adulthood, whether this relationship is heterogeneous across schools and across neighborhoods, and whether school and neighborhood characteristics modify the relationship between mental health and human capital formation.(More)
Life is Precious (LIP) was developed to help reduce suicidal behavior in Latina adolescents. As part of an external evaluation of the LIP program, we conducted focus groups with adolescent participants and mothers to learn whether participants and families believe that the activities of LIP address risks for suicidal behavior. Four focus groups were(More)