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Presented at the 21st Annual Research Conference

School Experiences among African-American Adolescents: Implications for Ethnic Identity Development and School Adjustment

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Presenting: Erika Van Buren

All Authors for this paper: Erika Van Buren

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Developing a positive personal identity and adjusting to the interpersonal, cultural and academic challenges of school are two primary developmental and sociocultural tasks of adolescence. This study examines the role of experiences with discrimination and perceptions of fairness and rule clarity at school in shaping ethnic identity and the expression of behaviors that serve to promote or threaten positive school adjustment in a sample of young African-American (n = 273) adolescents.

Addressing Disparities in Access for African-American children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Presenting: Janice Cooper

All Authors for this paper: Janice Cooper

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This study aims to shed light on whether racial/ethnic disparities in access to “guideline level” care for children and youth with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) persists if recent knowledge on the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions are included in the definition of standards of care. It also seeks to address the policy implications of changing knowledge about quality.

Africentrism and Kinship Care: A Study of Implementation and Meaning

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Presenting: Vivian Jackson

All Authors for this paper: Vivian Jackson

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Many African American children receiving mental health services through systems of care or other community-based child serving programs are residing with grandparents or other kin, who may experience significant challenges in providing care for these youth. This paper explores the impact of an Africentric approach in the provision of services to these families. Using an institutional ethnographic approach the researcher examined the process of implementing Africentric services and the meaning attached to receipt of those services.

Applying the Knowledge on Effective Practices for African-American Children, Youth and their Families: Implications for Preventive, Early and Intensive Intervention Strategies

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Session Number: 30 Room: Salon H

Presenting: Vivian Jackson; Regina Hicks

All Authors for this paper: Vivian Jackson; Regina Hicks

Presentation Type: brief symposium

Synopsis: This symposium examines factors from the knowledge base that support the implementation of effective strategies for African-American children, youth and their families in the system of care. Using a developmental framework and drawing upon different settings, the presenters explore the role of ethnic identity development and perceptions of self on school outcomes, as well as their implications for protective factors associated with mental health promotion and prevention of mental health problems. Within the context of youth receiving mental health treatment they highlight a range of treatment choices for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) focusing on new empirical evidence that supports the effectiveness of psychosocial treatments for ADHD. This evidence is considered within the context of African-American families' historical ambivalence regarding the use of stimulant-only treatment for ADHD. Presenters also explore the culturally-specific mechanisms by which an Africentric treatment paradigm is delivered for children and youth of African-descent in child welfare through the lens of a community-based agency. Collectively these papers contribute to the research on the role and experience of community, familial and cultural factors on improved access and outcomes. They shed light on the family structures and values, historical experiences and other culturally-embedded factors in the design and delivery of interventions within multiple ecologies. Presenters discuss the relevance of the findings to behavioral health policy and practice reforms.


Session Time: 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM