An examination of the tripartite model of depressive and anxiety symptoms in African American youth: stressors and coping strategies as common and specific correlates. Academic Article uri icon


  • The purpose of the current study was to examine the tripartite model of depression and anxiety in a community-based sample of 278 African American adolescents (M age = 12.89) from low-income communities and to identify stressors and coping strategies that were associated with the specific features of each disorder. Participants reported on depression, anxiety, stressors, and coping strategies. As predicted, the three-factor structure of the tripartite model was a valid representation of anxiety and depression in African American youth. Further, stressors and coping strategies showed specific associations to features of depression and anxiety. The findings provide evidence of factors that may help to distinguish between internalizing symptoms in African American youth.

published proceedings

  • J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol

author list (cited authors)

  • Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Elmore, C. A., Campbell, C. L., & Wethington, A.

citation count

  • 37

complete list of authors

  • Gaylord-Harden, Noni K||Elmore, Corinn A||Campbell, Cynthya L||Wethington, Anna

publication date

  • May 2011