ERIC Number: EJ796448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Immigrant Status, Mental Health Need, and Mental Health Service Utilization among High-Risk Hispanic and Asian Pacific Islander Youth
Gudino, Omar G.; Lau, Anna S.; Hough, Richard L.
Child & Youth Care Forum, v37 n3 p139-152 Jun 2008
This study examined youth mental health service (MHS) use as a function of family immigrant status and type of mental health need (internalizing vs. externalizing). A sample of Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander families (youth ages 11-18; N = 457) involved with public sectors of care provided reports of youth mental health need during an initial interview and MHS use was examined prospectively over 2 years. While externalizing need predicted specialty and school-based MHS use in the overall sample, family immigrant status moderated the association between youth need and specialty MHS use such that immigrant youth were more likely to receive services for externalizing need and less likely to receive services for internalizing need relative to non-immigrant youth.
Descriptors: Health Services, Health Needs, Pacific Islanders, Mental Health, Immigrants, Mental Health Programs, Use Studies, At Risk Persons, Followup Studies, Hispanic Americans, Interviews, Counseling Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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