Review and Analysis
Did you know that … language
(limited English proficiency and availability of culturally and linguistically
appropriate mental health services) and lack of health insurance are two
key barriers facing Hispanics in need of mental health services?
Did you know that … studies have found that a large
percentage of Hispanics utilize their primary care physicians and spiritual
leaders for their mental health needs, rather than participate in services
at a mental health facility?
Did you know that … there is a critical need for
master’s level bilingual and bicultural clinicians?
Now, you too can know more about issues such as these and others facing
Hispanics regarding mental health utilization, barriers, clinical best
practices and recommendations for future endeavors, thanks to a report
available from the NJMHI.
In order to obtain a more detailed understanding of issues facing Hispanics
with regards to mental health service utilization and practices that have
been found to be effective with the Hispanic population, Changing Minds,
Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics summoned an in-depth literature
review and analysis of professional literature on topics related to Hispanic
The report, entitled Comprehensive
In-Depth Literature Review and Analysis of Hispanic Mental Health Issues
with Specific Focus on Members of the Following Ethnic Groups: Cubans,
Dominicans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, summarizes and analyzes professional
literature surrounding studies on barriers to care, utilization of mental
health services, and clinical best practices. The report also provides
an historical overview of each group and discusses issues relevant to
each group that may contribute to the views of mental health by members
of that group.
The report, which was prepared by Peter J. Guarnaccia, Ph.D., and
Igda Martinez, both of Rutgers University, The State University of New
Jersey, with contributions from Henry Acosta, project director, Changing
Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics, is now available. The
report provides a summary of key findings from national studies with Hispanics
and a summary of key findings from the comprehensive literature review
and analysis. Gaps in research areas and service delivery are also identified
and provided, as are recommendations for future endeavors by those interested
in addressing the lack of access to and the quality of mental heath services
obtain a free copy of the report, please click on the link below. Please
note that the report is protected by U.S. Copyright laws.