Depression in Latino Children and Adolescents: Prevalence, Prevention, and Treatment

  • Guillermo Bernal
  • Jeannette Rosselló
Part of the Issues in Children's and Families' Lives book series (IICL, volume 8)

Personal Journey: Guillermo Bernal and Jeannette Rosselló

Our journey began in 1990, when we became aware of the high number of depression cases, as well as the increasing rates of youth suicide, we were seeing at the University Center for Psychological Service and Research. At that time, we had no idea as to what the treatment of choice was for our children and adolescents, as there had been virtually no studies conducted on depression treatment in Latino youth. We decided to examine treatments that had demonstrated efficacy with mainstream youth and adults. Thus, we selected two promising treatments—cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)—to explore its applicability, appropriateness, and effectiveness with Latino youth. To date, we have completed two randomized controlled clinical trials to test the efficacy of two different psychosocial treatments (CBT and IPT) with Puerto Rican adolescents. We are currently studying ways to enhance our most effective...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor of PsychologyDepartment of Psychology and Director, University Center for Psychological Services Research, University of Puerto RicoRío Piedras

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