Volume 32, Issue 4 (2003)
Commentary: The Conspicuous Invisibility of Black Ways of Being: Missing Data in New Models of Children's Mental Health
Howard C. Stevenson
The work of Atkins et al. (2003) and the theme of community collaboration in three different research projects is remarkably consistent,and challenges the field of evidence-based school mental health to determine if and how we can apply this theme as consistently.As a group of practitioner-scholars trying to keep ourselves from becoming alien and arrogantly irrelevant to scholar-practitioners, we must ask ourselves several questions generated by the authors. Do we as a field of scholars match the authors’ level of concern for meeting the need that urban communities have for a more comprehensive level of services than evidence-based research can provide? Do we match the authors’ zeal to include community members in the implementation and redirection of the intervention research projects? Are we willing to collaborate with diverse social welfare and medical health agencies to ensure families and children receive stable mental healthcare that can survive the other challenging realities of their lives?
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