Focal Point Summer 2007
"Effective Interventions for Underserved Populations" (2007), v.21(2)
Evidence–based programs produce positive outcomes for consumers, providers, and the greater public. However, not all evidence–based programs have been proven to work with diverse groups. This issue of Focal Point features programs that have been developed specifically to meet the needs of underserved youth such as immigrants, rural or homeless youth, and those from racial or sexual minority groups.
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Introduction: Effective Interventions for Underserved Populations
Walker, J. S., & Gowen, L. K.
This article outlines a number of effective interventions for treating underserved populations. Various approaches to handling the shortage of population–specific treatments are discussed.
New Directions in the Treatment of Troubled Hispanic Youth
Santisteban, D. A. & Mena, M. P.
This article describes a family therapy approach for treating Hispanic adolescents who face co–occurring disorders amid possible immigration– or acculturation–related stressors.
Intervening in the Lives of Runaway and Homeless Youth
Slesnick, N. & Lechter, A.
Homeless and runaway youth face a special set of challenges that place them at greater risk for substance addiction, depression, unwanted pregnancy, HIV, and other serious problems, while simultaneously posing extra barriers to treatment. Interventions designed to better help street– and shelter–living youth receive needed care are described in this article.
Successful Strategies for Improving the Lives of American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and Families
Cross, T. L., Friesen, B. J., & Maher, N.
Some interventions commonly used with Native American youth and families have not been documented in any formal sense, yet are very successful in improving outcomes for youth. Some of these interventions, and a project that aims to demonstrate their effectiveness, are outlined in this article.
Finding My Roots
A youth involved with the Native American Youth and Family Center in Portland, Oregon, recounts her personal journey of reconnecting with Native American culture and discovering her own strengths as a leader.
Adapting Attachment–Based Family Therapy for Depressed and Suicidal Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Adolescents
Diamond, G. M., Jurgensen, E., & White, K.
Because of discrimination, rejection, and other societal/familial pressures, gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are twice as likely to make a suicide attempt or experience suicidal ideation as their heterosexual peers. This article highlights a program that aims to improve the parent–adolescent relationship to provide emotional support for these youth.
What Makes Mentoring Effective? How Research Can Guide You in Selecting a Program
Pryce, J. M., Kelly, M. S., & Keller, T.
Mentoring can be very effective in helping youth achieve positive outcomes, but the mentoring relationship must be tailored to the individual needs of each young person. This article details specific steps that can help ensure the success of the mentoring relationship and the mentoring program as a whole.
School–Based Telemental Health Services: Reaching Underserved Populations
This article describes how telemental health, a method of providing live mental health services via a video–based internet connection, has been implemented in rural schools. This approach has been found to be cost–effective and clinically equivalent to in–person care.
"This is My Home": A Culturally Competent Model Program for African–American Children in the Foster Care System
Harvey, A. R.
This article tells the story of the transformation of a foster home for African–American males from a "warehouse" for children awaiting permanent placement to a place of community and personal empowerment. By providing positive reinforcement, positive role models, and collective ceremony, the children improved their behavior, their performance in school, and their problem–solving skills.
Research and Evaluation on Programs for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islander Populations
Ida, D., & Ya, D. Y.
There are many groups and subgroups of Asian Americans, from first–generation Laotian American refugees to third–generation Japanese Americans. Each group exhibits distinct manifestations of psychological distress based on various cultural and circumstantial factors. This article suggests some methods of evaluating and treating different Asian American populations.