Internet-Based Depression Education for Minority Youth

African American and Latino youth who show high risk for depressive disorders receive a series of in-person motivational interviews, and are enrolled in an Internet-based self-directed training program. This program includes learning and behavior-change strategies to reduce risk factors for depression, and to increase factors that promote resiliency against depressive symptoms. Components of the program are aimed at the adolescent patients as well as their parents. The program includes exercises that the patient can complete online and print out for later review. Patients also receive telephone coaching to encourage them to complete the training program and its suggested behavior changes. Participating sites include Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), school-based clinics and community-based clinics.

Population of focus: African American and Latino youth and their parents.

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Organization: University of Illinois at Chicago, federally qualified health centers, school-based health centers and community clinics

Reference: Alexandria Saulsberry, Marya E. Corden, Karen Taylor-Crawford, Theodore J. Crawford, Mary Johnson, Jennifer Froemel, Ashley Walls, Joshua Fogel, Monika Marko-Holguin and Benjamin W. Van Voorhees. Chicago Urban Resiliency Building (CURB): An Internet-Based Depression-Prevention Intervention for Urban African-American and Latino Adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Online. 14 August 2012.

Date: 2012