Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 543–551

Correlates of Mental Health Service Use and Type Among Asian Americans

  • Emily S. Ihara
  • David H. Chae
  • Janet R. Cummings
  • Sunmin Lee
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10488-013-0493-5

Cite this article as:
Ihara, E.S., Chae, D.H., Cummings, J.R. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2014) 41: 543. doi:10.1007/s10488-013-0493-5


This study uses data from the National Latino and Asian American Study to investigate correlates of mental health service use among Asian Americans with mental health needs. Our study contributes to the extant literature by: (1) differentiating between mental health service use types; and (2) examining a broader swatch of Asian Americans with mental health needs, ranging from mild to severe cases. Multinomial logistic regression analyses revealed heterogeneity in service use patterns by ethnicity, age, marital status, English proficiency, and generation status. Unmet mental health needs continue to be a problem despite treatments that could improve the quality of life of Asian Americans. Our study provides a more nuanced understanding of mental health service utilization patterns in this understudied population.


Asian AmericansMental health needService useService type

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily S. Ihara
    • 1
  • David H. Chae
    • 2
  • Janet R. Cummings
    • 3
  • Sunmin Lee
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Social Work, College of Health and Human ServicesGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  2. 2.Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.School of Public HealthUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA