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Preventing Adolescent Depression and Suicide Among Latinas

Resilience Research and Theory

  • Includes new qualitative and quantitative findings with adolescent girls?

  • Presents cutting-edge multiracial feminist frameworks?

  • Provides suggestions for effective clinical work with Latina adolescents and their families?

  • Recommends future research directions


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Andrea J. Romero, Lisa M. Edwards, Sheri Bauman, Marissa K. Ritter
    Pages 1-9
  3. Andrea J. Romero, Lisa M. Edwards, Sheri Bauman, Marissa K. Ritter
    Pages 11-20
  4. Andrea J. Romero, Lisa M. Edwards, Sheri Bauman, Marissa K. Ritter
    Pages 21-33
  5. Andrea J. Romero, Lisa M. Edwards, Sheri Bauman, Marissa K. Ritter
    Pages 35-46
  6. Andrea J. Romero, Lisa M. Edwards, Sheri Bauman, Marissa K. Ritter
    Pages 47-57
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 59-75

About this book


​​​​Since the 1960s, in comparison to other ethnic and gender groups​, a higher rate of depression and suicide ideation has been documented for Latina girls. This Brief offers a concise summary of contemporary research on this critical topic. Among the considerations are the influence of bullying, families, immigration, and culture on Latina adolescent mental health. Presenting cutting-edge multiracial feminist frameworks for new and existing empirical findings, this book serves to guide the future research agenda on this topic. Clinical recommendations are also included.​


Adolescent Depression Adolescent Suicide Depression in Adolescent Girls Latina Adolescent Mental Health Latina Teens and Depression Multiracial Feminist Framework

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Marquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA
  3. 3.Disability and Psychoeducational StudiesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  4. 4.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

About the authors

Andrea J. Romero, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor with joint appointments in Family Studies & Human Development, and Mexican American and Raza Studies at the University of Arizona. She has affiliated positions in the Psychology Department, Latin American Studies, Women’s Studies, and Public Health. She received her doctorate in Social Psychology from the University of Houston in 1997 with a minor in Quantitative Methods. She then worked at Stanford University in the Stanford Center for Research and Disease Prevention for 2 ½ years on prevention of obesity and substance use among minority children. Dr. Romero has focused her research career on understanding cultural strengths of ethnic minority adolescents and how they relate to health disparities. She has published several articles that investigate the risk and protective factors embedded in families, ethnic identity, discrimination and neighborhoods. A central element of Dr. Romero’s research approach is that of participatory action research, which is done in dialogue and collaboration with community members. Over the past 10 years Dr. Romero has been working with the South Tucson Prevention Coalition to address underage drinking and prevention of HIV/AIDS. She conducts professional reviews for the National Institutes of Health, Ford Foundation, and several peer reviewed journals. Dr. Romero has received federal funded grants to conduct research on substance use and HIV prevention programs for middle school aged Latino adolescents. She advocates for equal rights at her institution of higher education as a leader of the Association for Women Faculty, Diversity Coalition, and Minority Women Faculty. Dr. Romero continues to be active in the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies and in the National Latino/a Psychological Association.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Preventing Adolescent Depression and Suicide Among Latinas
  • Book Subtitle Resilience Research and Theory
  • Authors Andrea J. Romero
    Lisa M. Edwards
    Sheri Bauman
    Marissa K. Ritter
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Psychology
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-01380-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-01381-7
  • Series ISSN 2192-8363
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-8371
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 75
  • Number of Illustrations 12 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Clinical Psychology
    Social Work
    Public Health
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
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From the book reviews:

“Preventing Adolescent Depression and Suicide Among Latinas: Resilience Research and Theory is a well-written, informative book that articulates the issues about Latina adolescent depression and suicide. … The book is an essential read for anyone who is working with Latina adolescents, especially because it contains so many salient ideas about cultural awareness, personal strengths, and protective factors. … Read this informative book and gain a clearer understanding of the problem and promising strategies.” (Carol Drucker and Gena Castro Rodriguez, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 59 (36), September, 2014)