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Research Letter
October 21, 2019

Population-Based Analysis of Temporal Trends in the Prevalence of Depressed Mood Among Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Youths From 1999 Through 2017

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
JAMA Pediatr. Published online October 21, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.3804

Depression in adolescence is highly prevalent and associated with negative long-term outcomes.1 Despite decades of research on treatment for adolescent depression, sexual minority youths remain a particularly at-risk group.2 Temporal trends inform progress in addressing the need to eliminate health disparities among sexual minority populations.3 To our knowledge, this study presents the first population-representative analysis of temporal trends in depressed mood among sexual minority and heterosexual youths. An 18-year period is examined.

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