Reducing Ethnic and Racial Bias in Screening for Psychiatric Disorders in Adolescents
Aim 1: To determine whether school personnel are equally likely to encourage parents of ethnic/racial minority youth who have psychiatric disorders to seek services for their child, as they encourage non-Latino white parents, and whether school, family, and community characteristics explain any disparities in referral;
Aim 2: To identify ethnic/racial differences in parent assessment of youth with psychiatric disorders that are associated with ethnic/racial disparities in service access;
Aim 3: To evaluate the meaning and response bias in the questions used to assess major depression and generalized anxiety disorders in non-Latino white and racial/ethnic minority adolescents, and lastly;
Aim 4: To compare the accuracy of predictions of mood and anxiety disorders using screening scales specific to black, latinos or whites, using universalistic screening tools applicable to all ethnic/racial groups.
The Challenge Grant is supported by Grant # 1RC1MD004588-01 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.