Mission

Promote the mental health and health of minority and immigrant children and adolescents through:

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Understanding
cultural influences on development

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Determining
culturally-specific risk and protective factors

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Examining
the role of culture in parenting behaviors

 

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Preventing psychopathology for minority and immigrant youth

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Translating
empirical evidence into culturally-informed interventions

 

Key Facts

27% of the U.S. population is represented by at least one racial/ethnic minority group

The child population within the United States is even more diverse and is projected to experience the majority-minority crossover in 2020
— US Census Bureau
 States with Majority-Minority Status

States with Majority-Minority Status

 States with Majority-Minority Status of Youth under 18

States with Majority-Minority Status of Youth under 18

Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority population.


Research Areas

Ethnic-Minority
Youth Development

Not only do ethnic-minority youth have different developmental trajectories, they are also at an increased risk for developing psychopathology, due to ecological and social contexts.

Cultural Factors
in Parenting

Disparities in service utilization exist, in that ethnic minorities are less likely to use mental health services. Factors to seek help can be influenced by stigma, barriers, beliefs in mental health problems, and parenting factors. 

Culturally-Adapted Interventions

Efforts to increase engagement include culturally-based adaptations. Existing adapted interventions have been found to be effective at decreasing mental health problems, but are not systematic.