Understanding underutilization of mental health services by Asian Americans : culture and interventions
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It is well documented that Asian Americans exhibit the lowest utilization rates of mental health services compared to the general population. Despite the infrequent use of mental health services, the Asian American community demonstrates a need for such services. The majority of research on Asian Americans and mental health have primarily focused on identifying cultural factors associated with underuse, but limited research exists to explain how culture affects mental health and the ways in which culture influences the process of illness. This review examines culture’s dynamic influence on the development, progression, and treatment of mental illness for Asian Americans and recommends strategies to improve outreach and delivery of services.