1st Edition

Adolescent Mental Health
Connections to the Community

Edited By

Areej Hassan

ISBN 9781774633779
Published March 31, 2021 by Apple Academic Press
364 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

USD $54.95

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Book Description

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

Mental illnesses are often difficult to treat. They do not just affect individuals, they are rooted within communities and affect many other aspects of individuals’ social and physical lives as well. This book examines mental health specifically in adolescents, exploring how mental illnesses interface with communities, schools, families, and peers. It also explores the connotations for educators, social workers, medical professionals, and public policymakers. The various sections cover the following topics:

• The interactions of adolescent mental health with the broader cultural and socioeconomic communities

• The interactions of the educational community on adolescent mental health

• The impact of peer and family relationships on adolescent mental health

• Case studies of successful community interventions

This accessible reference volume offers a comprehensive guide to the multifaceted field of adolescent mental health. Edited by a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital, this book is an important resource for educators, parents, social workers, researchers, clinicians, public policy makers, and all who wish to understand the complex interactions involved in comprehending and treating mental health disease in young people.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Interaction of Adolescent Mental Health with the Cultural and Socioeconomic Community

Adolescent Health-Risk Behavior and Community Disorder; Sarah E. Wiehe, Mei-Po Kwan, Jeff Wilson, and J. Dennis Fortenberry

Where Lies the Risk? An Ecological Approach to Understanding Child Mental Health Risk and Vulnerabilities in Sub-Saharan Africa; Olayinka Atilola

Part II: The Interaction of Adolescent Mental Health with the Educational Community

The Association between School Class Composition and Suicidal Ideation in Late Adolescence: Findings from the Young-HUNT 3 Study; Joakim D Dalen

The Impact of Personal Background and School Contextual Factors on Academic Competence and Mental Health Functioning across the Primary-Secondary School Transition; Sharmila Vaz, Richard Parsons, Torbjörn Falkmer, Anne Elizabeth Passmore, and Marita Falkmer

Mental Health Problems and Educational Attainment in Adolescence: 9-Year Follow-Up of the TRAILS Study; Karin Veldman, Ute Bültmann, Roy E. Stewart, Johan Ormel, Frank C.Verhulst, and Sijmen A. Reijneveld

School Mental Health Services: Signpost for Out-of-School Service Utilization in Adolescents with Mental Disorders? A Nationally Representative United States Cohort; Marion Tegethoff, Esther Stalujanis, Angelo Belardi, and Gunther Meinlschmidt

A Two-Year Perspective: Who May Ease the Burden of Girls’ Loneliness in School?; Audhild Løhre, Marianne N. Kvande, Odin Hjemdal, and Monica Lillefjell

Part III: The Interaction of Adolescent Mental Health with Peer and Family Relationships

Cyber and Traditional Bullying Victimization as a Risk Factor for Mental Health Problems and Suicidal Ideation in Adolescents; Rienke Bannink, Suzanne Broeren, Petra M. van de Looij-Jansen, Frouwkje G. de Waart, and Hein Raat

Associations between Parent-Adolescent Attachment Relationship Quality, Negative Life Events and Mental Health; Rienke Bannink, Suzanne Broeren, Petra M. van de Looij-Jansen, and Hein Raat

Suicidal Behaviors in Depressed Adolescents: Role of Perceived Relationships in the Family; Angèle Consoli, Hugo Peyre, Mario Speranza, Christine Hassler, Bruno Falissard, Evelyne Touchette, David Cohen, Marie-Rose Moro, and Anne Révah-Lévy

Part IV: Community-Based Interventions

A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Mental Health Promotion Interventions for Young People in Low and Middle Income Countries; Margaret M. Barry, Aleisha M. Clarke, Rachel Jenkins, and Vikram Patel

Puzzling Findings in Studying the Outcome of "Real World" Adolescent Mental Health Services: The TRAILS Study; Frederike Jörg, Johan Ormel, Sijmen A. Reijneveld, Daniëlle E. M. C. Jansen, Frank C. Verhulst, and Albertine J. Oldehinkel

Dialectical Behavior Therapy for the Treatment of Emotion Dysregulation and Trauma Symptoms in Self-Injurious and Suicidal Adolescent Females: A Pilot Programme within a Community-Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service; Keren Geddes, Suzanne Dziurawiec, and Christopher William Lee

Consumer Feedback following Participation in a Family-Based Intervention for Youth Mental Health; Andrew J. Lewis, Melanie D. Bertino, Narelle Robertson, Tess Knight, and John W. Toumbourou


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Areej Hassan MD, MPH, is an attending physician at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She completed her pediatric residency at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, prior to training in adolescent medicine at Boston Children’s. In addition to primary care, Dr. Hassan focuses her clinical interests on reproductive endocrinology and international health. She also maintains an active role in medical education and has particular interest in building and developing innovative teaching tools through open educational resources. She currently teaches, consults, and is involved in pediatric and adolescent curricula development at multiple sites abroad in Central America and Southeast Asia.


"Adolescent medicine is a relatively young branch of pediatrics. This multi-author, multi-country texts describe in 3 parts and 34 chapters the influence of the family, school and cultural socio-economic community on the mental health of adolescent youth. Of interest to all caring for these age groups."
Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews (PER), September 2016