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  • National Survey of American Life - Adolescent Supplement (NSAL-A), 2001-2004


    The National Survey of American Life Adolescent Supplement (NSAL-A), 2001-2004, was designed to estimate the lifetime-to-date and current prevalence, age-of-onset distributions, course, and comorbidity of DSM-IV disorders among African American and Caribbean adolescents in the United States; to identify risk and protective factors for the onset and persistence of these disorders; to describe patterns and correlates of service use for these disorders; and to lay the groundwork for subsequent follow-up studies that can be used to identify early expressions of adult mental disorders. In addition, the adolescent dataset contains detailed measures of health; social conditions; stressors; distress; racial identity; subjective, neighborhood conditions; activities and school; media; and social and psychological protective and risk factors. The NSAL adolescent dataset also includes variables for other non-core and experimental disorders. These include tobacco use/nicotine dependence, premenstrual syndrome, minor depression, recurrent brief depression, hypomania, and hypomania sub-threshold. Demographic variables include age, race and ethnicity, ancestry or national origins, height, weight, marital status, income, and education level. Interviews were conducted with 1170 African American and Caribbean Black adolescents 13-17 years of age.

    African Americans
    Caribbean Americans
    Mental Disorders
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    United States
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    Theda Rose
  • Body dissatisfaction and depressive symptoms among black adolescents
    UMB Dataset

    Maureen M. Black

    This study was to assess the relation between body dissatisfaction and depressive symptoms among black adolescents 12-13 years old, among overweight/obese group and healthy weight group, separately. The dataset includes body dissatisafaction and depressive symptoms at baseline, and two follow-ups in two years. Data types included are socio-demographic information of adolescents, the obesity prevention intervention group status, body composition, and psychosocial variables: e.g. depressive symptoms and body dissatisfaction.

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