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Fam Community Health. 2018 Jan/Mar;41(1):64-71. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000173.

Voices of the Filipino Community Describing the Importance of Family in Understanding Adolescent Behavioral Health Needs.

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Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles (Drs Javier, Galura, Aliganga, and Supan); and Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Dr Palinkas).


Filipinos are a large, yet invisible, minority at high risk for adolescent behavioral health problems. Limited research describes the family as offering a source of positive support for some Filipino youths and yet for some it is also a source of stress and isolation, leading to struggles with adolescent depression and suicidal behavior. This article describes a qualitative study that investigates the role of family when understanding behavioral health needs among Filipino adolescents. Findings highlight the importance of addressing family cohesion when designing interventions aimed at improving the well-being of Filipino youth.

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