Multiracial Adolescents More Prone to Major Depression, Receive Treatment Less Frequently

Only roughly 21% of adolescents with mental health issues receive outpatient treatment, according to a new study.

A new study reveals multiracial adolescents have a higher rate of major depressive disorder (MDD)—or at least they did during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to data analyzed from 2021. The new study also found adolescents who were Asian, Black, Latinx, and/or multiracial r received fewer treatment compared to their White adolescent peers.1

The study, led by Michael Flores, PhD, MPH, of the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, intended to look at racial and ethnic group disparities in mental health treatment in MDD, as well as telehealth and treatment delays.