Policy Briefs

Call for Action On Adolescent Depression: What Do Schools In New Jersey Need To Identify And Support Students At Risk For Depression?

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM: There is an alarming increase in the percentage of U.S. adolescents reporting depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation, including in New Jersey. Early detection and treatment are key to preventing negative, long-term effects of depression in youth, and current guidelines recommend routine screening for depression in adolescents aged 12-18. Yet rates of …

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Adolescent Depression Screening: Exploring Barriers and Facilitators of Implementation in School Settings

Prevention and early detection of adolescent depression is a national health priority. Current guidelines recommend routine screening for depression in children and adolescents and subsequently linking those in need to additional evaluation and care. Early detection through school-based screening has considerable potential to identify at-risk adolescents for referral to effective therapeutic services but significant barriers …

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Adolescent Depression Screening Instruments: A Review of Existing Instruments to Screen for Adolescent Depression

Prevention and early detection of adolescent depression is a national health priority and a key recommendation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Despite current guidelines that recommend conducting routine screening for depression during teen years, policymakers, school administrators, caregivers and other stakeholders express concerns about the implementation and sustainability of school-based screening programs. …

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