How African American Adolescents Manage Depression: Being With Others.
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.