Despite significant progress in research, practice, and policy over the past few decades, many children and youth continue to experience poor mental health outcomes based on their socioeconomic disadvantage, ethnic or racial minority status, or immigrant status. As a result, many of these children fail to adequately meet developmental tasks, demands, and transitions, such as entry into and successful achievement in school, interpersonal and peer relationships, and civic functioning. Compounding these challenges for minority children and youth is their low levels of mental health service utilization, impediments to accessing care, and care that is not culturally competent or does not conform to evidence-based guidelines.


In response to these alarming trends, the APA Committee on Children, Youth and Families developed several resources to address this topic.