Latino/a individuals comprise the largest and fastest growing United States
ethnic minority group of youth. Latino/a adolescents are a high priority, vulnerable
population at risk for death and serious injury. More specifically, Latino/a adolescents
are at high risk for being diagnosed with depression and thus experiencing depressive
symptoms, including suicide ideations, attempts, and completions. The current article
summarizes the scant research regarding the expression of depressive symptoms and
depression care in Latino/a adolescents. In the current article we describe select
literature focused on Latino/a adolescents and the following areas of mental health
research: (a) prevalence rates of depression; (b) the intersection of gender and
depressive symptoms; (c) the intersection of age and depressive symptoms; and (d)
depression care (i.e., assessment and treatment) for Latino/a adolescents.
Keywords: Latino/a adolescents, depressive symptoms, major depression, suicidality, race, ethnicity, assessment, treatment.
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