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Completing evidence-based treatments for depression has been shown to be particularly problematic for Black adolescents. If Black adolescents' depression treatment needs are to be met, the engagement challenges and the factors that lessen the success of treatment in the "real world" must be addressed. The investigators will examine the effectiveness of the Making Connections Intervention (MCI) and investigate key mediators of both engagement and response to treatment for depression. The MCI is a 1-2 session, evidence-based intervention designed to improve engagement, perceived relevance, and treatment satisfaction among depressed, Black adolescents. The study also uses tailored outreach strategies for adolescents and parents by including innovative digital content such as a web page/app along with other digital products.

This study will address an important public health issue: How best to connect Black adolescents with depression to treatment in clinically meaningful ways, and how best to deliver evidence-based treatment to them through school-based services.


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Completing evidence-based treatments for depression has been shown to be particularly problematic for Black adolescents. Their rates of participation in treatments for depression are lower due to negative perceptions of services and providers, and their reluctance to acknowledge the presence of symptoms.

If Black adolescents' depression treatment needs are to be met, the engagement challenges and the factors that lessen the success of treatment in the "real world" must be addressed. This research examines the effectiveness of the Making Connections Intervention (MCI) and investigates key mediators of both engagement and response to treatment for depression. The MCI is a 1-2 session, evidence-based intervention designed to improve engagement, perceived relevance, and treatment satisfaction among depressed, Black adolescents. The study also uses tailored outreach strategies for adolescents and parents by including innovative digital content such as a web page/app along with other digital products.

The investigators previously performed a small pilot study that used the MCI as an add-on to the IPT-A, an evidence-based intervention for depression delivered in schools typically over 12 sessions. The results suggested that MCI has a positive impact on many aspects of change associated with treatment engagement and clinical outcomes.

This study will be a randomized controlled trial. It will examine the effectiveness of the MCI in a multi-school trial involving adolescents in grades 6-12 who attend New York City (NYC) Department of Education (DOE) Public Schools. The investigators will randomly assign 60 Black students with depression symptoms to two conditions: MCI+IPT-A vs. IPT-A-alone. The investigators will also do qualitative research, like interviews, before the digital content is created. This will enhance the relevance of the MCI. The main outcomes are adolescent-and caregiver-level engagement and adolescent depression. Suicidal ideation is a secondary outcome. This study will also test related factors, like adolescent helping-seeking behavior and parental knowledge of mental health services, that can account for treatment outcomes and that will allow the MCI to be strengthened in future roll-outs of the intervention in school settings. ;


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NCT number NCT03940508
Study type Interventional
Source New York University
Contact Michael A Lindsey, PhD
Phone (212) 998-5927
Email michael.lindsey@nyu.edu
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date September 2, 2019
Completion date March 31, 2022

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