Introduction: Hispanic-American youth are less likely to receive mental health services despite being at increased risk for depression and anxiety. Having depression and anxiety at a young age can have detrimental long-term effects such as sexual risk behavior, delinquency, and suicide. Various kinds of nurses interact with this age group which can be a missed opportunity to intervene for the welfare of these youth. Interventions exist for depression and anxiety; however, they are not specific to nurses who care for young Hispanic-American patients. Methods: An integrative literature review was performed to identify nursing interventions for Hispanic American youth with depression and anxiety. Inclusion criteria included English language, academic journal articles from 2000 to 2022, and addressing interventions for Hispanic American children and youth with depression and anxiety. Results: The nursing interventions identified in the review of the literature were found to decrease feelings of anxiety and depression and have significant positive impacts on Hispanic-American youth. Discussion: Education, role play, coping skills, and ways to express emotions were the interventions that impacted depression and anxiety symptoms. Suggestions were made on applying them to nursing practice and future research.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Hernandez, Vanessa C., "Nursing Interventions to Decrease Depressive and Anxious Symptoms in Hispanic-American Youth" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1359.