Periodical Title

Journal of Adolescent and Family Health


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)


August 2018


This manuscript examines racial differences in the impact of adolescent depression between White, African American, and Latino families. Findings are from the Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS), a multi-site clinical research study evaluating the efficacy of CBT and Fluoxetine for treating adolescents with major depressive disorder. Primary caretakers of 439 adolescents with depression were interviewed. Results demonstrated that compared to White families, African American and Latino families were more likely to report increased feelings of tiredness or anergia (p<.05) and more physical health problems (p<.01) associated with caring for a depressed teen. The conclusion suggests the need for a better understanding of depression in people and families of color and offers recommendations for further research.

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Additional authors who contributed to this report are members of the Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS) Team. TADS was coordinated by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Duke Clinical Research Institute at Duke University Medical Center in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Rockville, Maryland. The Coordinating Center principal collaborators were John March, Susan Silva, Stephen Petrycki, John Curry, Karen Wells, John Fairbank, Barbara Burns, Marisa Domino, and Steven McNulty. The NIMH principal collaborators are Benedetto Vitiello and Joanne Severe. Principal Investigators and Co-investigators from the thirteen sites were: Carolinas Medical Center: Charles Casat, Jeanette Kolker; Case Western Reserve University: Norah Feeny, Robert Findling, Sheridan Stull, Susan Baab; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Elizabeth Weller, Michele Robins, Ronald Weller, Naushad Jessani; Columbia University: Bruce Waslick, Michael Sweeney, Lisa Kentgen, Rachel Kandel; Johns Hopkins University: John Walkup, Golda Ginsburg, Elizabeth Kastelik, Hyung Koo; University of Nebraska: Christopher Kratochvil, Diane May, Randy LaGrone, Martin Harrington; New York University: Anne Marie Albano, Glenn Hirsch, Tracey Knibbs, Emlyn Capili; Northwestern University: Mark Reinecke, Bennett Leventhal, Catherine Nageotte, Gregory Rogers; University of Cincinnati: Sanjeev Pathak, Floyd Sallee, Elizabeth Cottingham, Jennifer Wells; University of Oregon: Paul Rohde, Anne Simons, James Grimm, Katholiki Hadjiyannakis; University of Texas, Southwestern: Graham Emslie, Beth Kennard, Carroll Hughes, Maryse Ruberu; Wayne State University, Nili Benazon, David Rosenberg, Michael Butkus, Marla Bartoi.


Adolescent health services; Families -- Health and hygiene


race; adolescent depression; family impact; TADS

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