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Lee M , Bhimla A , Lu W , Ma GX
Correlates of Mental Health Treatment Receipt Among Asian Americans with Perceived Mental Health Problems
J Behav Health Serv Res. 2021 Apr;48(2) :199-212
PMID: 32347427    PMCID: PMC7606267   
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Compared with other ethnic groups, Asian Americans report the lowest rates of mental health treatment and service utilization. This is true even among Asian Americans with mental illness, which indicates that the underutilization of mental health services is not due to the low prevalence of mental health disorders in this population. This study examined which sociodemographic factors, types of mental health problems, and barriers to treatment were associated with the treatment receipt among 126 Asian Americans who reported perceived mental health problems. Among sociodemographic factors, Chinese ethnicity and advanced English proficiency were associated with increased treatment receipt. Controlling for demographic variables, mental health problems such as psychosis, depression, and a history of abuse or trauma significantly increased the likelihood of receiving treatment, whereas addiction showed a tendency of decreased treatment receipt. Among reported barriers, difficulty finding a culturally appropriate therapist appeared to be an important barrier among Asian Americans with perceived mental health problems.
1556-3308 Lee, Minsun Bhimla, Aisha Lu, Wenyue Ma, Grace X U54 CA221704/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States U54 CA221705/CA/NCI NIH HHS/United States Journal Article Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't J Behav Health Serv Res. 2021 Apr;48(2):199-212. doi: 10.1007/s11414-020-09704-6.