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Culturally Responsive Practices: African American Youth and Mental Health

Culturally Responsive Practices: African American Youth and Mental Health
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Author(s): Tricia Crosby-Cooper (National University, USA) and Natasha Ferrell (National University, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 18
Source title: Implementing Culturally Responsive Practices in Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Tricia Crosby-Cooper (National University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3331-4.ch003


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Achieving positive mental health is a worthy desire as positive mental health leads to better success in all aspects of life. Unfortunately, for some youth, achieving positive mental health is a struggle. African Americans demonstrate mental health difficulties approximately 20% more than their White counterparts. To address mental health concerns, schools have increasingly implemented multi-tiered supports to better identify and support students. Unfortunately, interventions implemented in schools have largely ignored the impact that race, culture, and behavioral expectations have on the mental health of African American youth. African American youth exhibit symptoms and behaviors of mental health similar to youth of other cultures and races, yet they experience lower levels of mental health services. To help African American youth experiencing mental health difficulties, stakeholders must implement culturally responsive, evidence-based interventions.

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