Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 1–3 | Cite as

African American Youth Mental Health: Individual, Environmental and Clinical Factors in Context

  • Alfiee M. Breland-NobleEmail author
Original Paper


This article serves as an introduction to this special issue focused on the mental health of African American youth within a familial and environmental context. I present background on the African American adolescent population in the area of mental and behavioral health, describe the impetus for this special issue and provide a brief overview of the professional training and backgrounds of the contributing authors. Finally, I present brief descriptions of the manuscripts selected for inclusion in this special volume of the Journal of Child and Family Studies.


African American youth Adolescents Treatment Child and adolescent mental health 



Dr. Breland-Noble’s work on this special issue was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) via a career (K-series) award (MH073814).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryGeorgetown University Medical CenterWashingtonUSA

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