Category: Adult Anxiety

Symposium

Challenges and Solutions in Bringing Evidence-Based Treatments to Underserved Young Adults With Anxiety Disorders

Friday, November 17
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sapphire Ballroom I & J, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Anxiety | Service Delivery | Hispanic Americans
Presentation Type: Symposium

Background: Young adulthood is the developmental stage encompassing the years between late adolescence and early adulthood (Arnett, 2000). It is a pivotal time to acquire the skills needed for a successful transition to adulthood. Common mental health disorders like depression and anxiety are leading causes of disability among young adults (World Health Organization, 2014). Untreated mental health disorders in young adulthood have a detrimental lifetime impact on development, interpersonal relationships, and vocational attainment. Evidence-based treatments (EBTs) are effective for the treatment of anxiety. Yet, only 25% of adolescents with anxiety disorders have access to treatment in the U.S., and this rate is even lower for minority groups (Merikangas, 2011). This presentation will describe a culturally and developmentally informed clinical program that provides EBTs to Latino young adults.


Methods: Our framework includes knowledge about developmental milestones of emerging adulthood, which are part of a comprehensive model in which our EBT implementation work is based. This model also integrates our understanding of cultural risks and protective factors relevant for the population we serve, as well as core principles of cultural competence.


Results: This presentation showcases the Washington Heights Youth Anxiety Center (WH-YAC). Since mid-2014, the WH-YAC has combined relevant cultural, developmental, and EBT frameworks and expertise to create programs specifically equipped to address the needs of Latino young adults.

Conclusions: Young adulthood is a period of particular vulnerability. There is also a clear gap in the mental health treatment of minority populations. The development and dissemination of programs focused on providing evidence-based and culturally competent mental health treatment for Latino young adults are a necessity, which can have a strong impact on their future development. This presentation will illustrate a response to this need and an effort to help close a significant disparity gap.

Maria Carolina Zerrate

Medical Director
New York Presbyterian Hospital - Washington Heights Clinic

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