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ERIC Number: ED508110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
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The Teen Depression Awareness Project: Building an Evidence Base for Improving Teen Depression Care. Research Highlights
Adamson, David M.
RAND Corporation
Depression's effects on adolescent functioning and family burden are not well understood; there is also limited understanding of teens' and parents' attitudes and knowledge about depression, how these and other factors influence readiness for treatment, and the barriers to care that teens and their parents encounter. To address these knowledge gaps, a team of RAND Health researchers conducted the Teen Depression Awareness Project (TDAP), a multi-year study supported by Pfizer, Inc. The study's goal was to build an empirical base for developing strategies to improve depression care for teens who seek treatment in primary care settings. Key findings of the study include: (1) Depression significantly impairs teen functioning in school, among peers, and in family life, and effects may persist; (2) A majority of white teens reported readiness for treatment for depression; African-American and Hispanic teens reported readiness at lower rates; (3) Greater knowledge of depression therapies, especially among parents, influenced teens' likelihood of receiving care; and (4) Parents and teens who sought treatment perceived barriers that may have stopped them from beginning or continuing care. (Contains 7 figures.) [This Highlight summarizes RAND Health research reported in the following publications: (1) Chandra A, Scott M, Jaycox L, Meredith L, Tanielian T, and Burnam A, "Racial/Ethnic Differences in Teen and Parent Perspectives Toward Depression Treatment," "Journal of Adolescent Health," Vol. 44, No. 6, June 2009, pp. 546-553; (2) Jaycox L, Stein BD, Paddock S, Miles JVN, Chandra A, Meredith L, Tanielian T, Hickey S, and Burnam A, "Impact of Teen Depression on Academic, Social, and Physical Functioning," "Pediatrics," Vol. 124, No. 4, October 2009, pp. e596-e605; (3) Meredith L, Stein BD, Paddock S, Jaycox L, Quinn V, Chandra A, and Burnam A, "Perceived Barriers to Treatment for Adolescent Depression," "Medical Care," Vol. 47, No. 6, June 2009, pp. 677-685; and (4) Tani T, Jaycox L, Paddock S, Chandra A, Meredith L, and Burnam A, "Improving Treatment Seeking for Adolescents with Depression: Understanding Readiness for Treatment," "Journal of Adolescent Health," Vol. 44, No. 5, May 2009, pp. 490-498.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: RAND Health
Identifiers - Location: California; District of Columbia