ERIC Number: ED323450
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
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A Critical Review of Factors in the Underutilization of Mental Health Services by Hispanics.
Boucher, Wayne Charles
The high fertility rates among Hispanics and the continuing immigration patterns are making the mental health needs of Hispanics a national concern. The issue of the underutilization of mental health services by Hispanics must become a prominent concern for all Americans. Three main factors in the underutilization of mental health services by Hispanics include: (1) psychotherapist bias; (2) cultural variables; and (3) the underrepresentation of Hispanics in the field of psychology. Evidence has been found of a social class and linguistic bias among psychologists, although the evidence finding ethnic bias against Hispanics has been equivocal. A number of cultural variables have been found to play a part in Hispanic underutilization. These include Hispanic attitudes, levels of acculturation, alternative support networks, and ethnic similarity and credibility. The lack of research on the topic of Hispanic underutilization of mental health services points out the relative lack of interest in the topic. With the growing Hispanic population, a concerted effort is needed to examine the significant issues involved in the delivery of effective, culturally sensitive mental health services to Hispanics. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Note: Research paper for degree Doctor of Psychology, Biola University, California.