ERIC Number: EJ827728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
Understanding Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Youth Mental Health Services: Do Disparities Vary by Problem Type?
Gudino, Omar G.; Lau, Anna S.; Yeh, May; McCabe, Kristen M.; Hough, Richard L.
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, v17 n1 p3-16 2009
The authors examined racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service use based on problem type (internalizing/externalizing). A diverse sample of youth in contact with public sectors of care and their families provided reports of youth's symptoms and functional impairment during an initial interview. Specialty and school-based mental health service use during the subsequent 2 years was assessed prospectively. Greater disparities in mental health service receipt were evident for internalizing problems, with non-Hispanic White youth more likely to receive services in response to internalizing symptoms than minority youth. Fewer disparities in rates of unmet need emerged for externalizing problems, but minority youth were more likely to have need for externalizing problems met and African American youth were particularly likely to receive services in response to such problems. Findings highlight the importance of considering problem type when examining racial disparities in mental health services and underscore concerns about the responsiveness of mental health services for minority youth with internalizing disorders. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
Descriptors: Health Services, Mental Health Programs, Mental Health, Racial Differences, Ethnic Diversity, Use Studies, Longitudinal Studies, Diagnostic Tests, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Youth Opportunities, Youth Programs, Barriers, Access to Health Care
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