Does cultural competence moderate treatment outcomes for depressed ethnic minority adolescents?

Norissa Williams, Fordham University


Cultural competence (CC) has been espoused as a means by which disparities in mental health treatment access and utilization can be reduced and treatment outcomes for ethnic/racial minorities enhanced (Cross, Bazron, Dennis & Isaacs, 1989). However, there is little research linking CC to treatment outcomes (Brach & Frassirector, 2002). Utilizing a national data set, a sample of 1415 ethnic minority youth were used to test hypotheses. Utilizing the Cultural Competence Service Provider Questionnaire-Revised, caregivers reported on their perception of the degree to which providers incorporated culture in services provided to youth and their families. Treatment outcome (i.e., depression score) was measured utilizing Reynold's Adolescent Depression-2 after 6 months of treatment. Multiple regression was used to test hypotheses. After controlling for specified variables (i.e., race/ethnicity, sex, baseline depression, intervention site, inpatient hospitalization and medication) partial support was found for these hypotheses.^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Mental Health|Psychology, Developmental|Psychology, Clinical|Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies

Recommended Citation

Williams, Norissa, "Does cultural competence moderate treatment outcomes for depressed ethnic minority adolescents?" (2014). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3684580.