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Effect of Discrimination on Mental Health Service Utilization Among Chinese Americans

Spencer, Michael S and Chen, Juan (2004) Effect of Discrimination on Mental Health Service Utilization Among Chinese Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 94 (5). pp. 809-814. ISSN 0090-0036

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Objectives. We examined the association between discrimination and mental health service use among a representative sample of Chinese Americans. Methods. Our data were derived from the 2-wave Chinese American Psychiatric Epidemiological Survey, a strata-cluster survey conducted in 1993 and 1994 in a western American city. Results. Language-based discrimination was associated with higher levels of use of informal services and seeking help from friends and relatives for emotional problems. Negative attitudes toward professional mental health services were associated with greater use of informal services. Conclusions. The findings suggest that language-based discrimination influences patterns of mental health service use among Chinese Americans, implications for service providers and policymakers are discussed.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: discrimination, Mental Health Service, mental health, Chinese Americans
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Mental Health
Practice > service
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 31 May 2006
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2011 12:58
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/450

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