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Depression Symptoms, Acculturation, Needing Care, and Receiving Care: A Study of Adolescents Living in California (Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice)

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California Health Interview Survey; 2007 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2007); 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2009); 2011 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2011); 2012 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2012); Adolescents/Children; Mental and Emotional Health; Hispanic/Latino

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CHIS Journal Article

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​The study aims to depict the prevalence of moderate depressive symptoms (MDS) in adolescents living in California, examine the role of acculturation in reported MDS, and identify any relationship between acculturation, “needing emotional help,” and “receiving psychological or emotional counseling,” as reported by adolescents with MDS.

Authors analyzed data from a cross-sectional population-based telephone survey for adolescents who completed the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) in 2007, 2009, and 2011-2012. The primary predictor variable was level of acculturation. Outcome variables were the presence of MDS, whether participants needed help with emotional problems, and whether they had received psychological or emotional counseling.

Of the sample, 6.0 percent had MDS; 50 percent of these reported needing help for emotional problems, and 30 percent reported receiving psychological/emotional counseling. Multivariate analysis that included the interaction effects of race/ethnicity and acculturation showed that the latter was not associated with any of the outcome variables.

However, Latino adolescent with MDS and moderate acculturation were less likely to report needing help for psychological/emotional problems, compared to their White counterparts with higher acculturation.


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Journal Article: Depression Symptoms, Acculturation, Needing Care, and Receiving Care: A Study of Adolescents Living in California

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