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Behavioral Health Disparities Differ Widely Across Demographic Groups

Incidents of mental health and behavioral health disparities among adults and youth differed significantly across racial and ethnic groups in the United States with American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth experiencing the greatest disparities.  

Hispanic adults and youth experienced disproportionately high rates of major depressive episodes compared to other minorities. Black adults experienced multiple disparities, and black youth had disproportionate rates of experiencing two or more household-level adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). ACES are stressful and traumatic events that occur in a child’s …

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