Health professionals who care for children will find a thoughtful and hands-on resource to address racism and race-related issues in their practices in this essay collection. Leading experts from across disciplines frame the issues and provide practical information on prevention, intervention, and anticipatory guidance. Each chapter is grounded in the recommendations outlined in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement “The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.” The AAP is committed to reducing the ongoing costs and burden of racism to children, the health care system, and society—this book is an important contribution to that effort and ongoing conversation. Available for purchase at https://www.aap.org/Untangling-the-Thread-of-Racism-A-Primer-for-Pediatric-Health-Professionals-Paperback
12: Addressing the Impact of Racism On the Mental Health of Youth: A Focus On Pediatric Health Professionals and Collaborators
Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc, Bridget E. Weller, PhD, Akilah Patterson, MPH, Riana Elyse Anderson, PhD, LCP, "Addressing the Impact of Racism On the Mental Health of Youth: A Focus On Pediatric Health Professionals and Collaborators", Untangling the Thread of Racism: A Primer for Pediatric Health Professionals, American Academy of Pediatrics, Maria Trent, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAP, Danielle G. Dooley, MD, MPhil, FAAP, Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP
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Racism in all forms, including racial discrimination, historical racism, structural oppression, and institutional discrimination, has well-documented adverse effects on the mental health of children and adolescents. It is associated with suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, substance misuse, and behavioral issues. In this chapter, we detail the effects of racism on the mental health of youth of color from birth to 25 years of age and provide recommendations for pediatric health professionals and collaborators to mitigate the adverse influence of racism on youth mental health.
Keywords: racism, mental health, youth