Cultural Perceptions of Adolescent Mental Health and Patterns of Help-Seeking in Northern Mexico

Project Title:  “Cultural Perceptions of Adolescent Mental Health and Patterns of Help-Seeking in Northern Mexico,” Janis H. Jenkins, Ph.D., PI

Project Description:  In this study, our interdisciplinary team is currently collecting data to identify cultural conceptions of mental health and patterns of help-seeking in the northern Mexico region.  The research seeks an empirical understanding of contemporary knowledge and practices surrounding emotional distress and behaviors regarded as problematic.  Working with parents, teachers, and service providers, we are investigating (1) the conceptualization of wellbeing and the identification of problems of emotional/mental health; (2) decision-making for seeking services; and (3) the social-emotional features that contribute to vulnerability and resilience in processes of recovery.  That empirical data obtained will serve as the basis for interactive, community-designed interventions for adolescent health that are effective and sustainable over time.