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Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 581-597

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Mental Health of Immigrants and Refugees

  • Andrés J. PumariegaAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, East Tennessee State University Email author 
  • , Eugenio RotheAffiliated withChild & Adolescent Outpatient Services, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami School of Medicine
  • , JoAnne B. PumariegaAffiliated withFaculty in Mathematics, East Tennessee State University

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Abstract

The United States is a country of immigrants. With the exception of Native-Americans, every other American is, or descends from, an immigrant. First and second generation immigrant children are the most rapidly growing segment of the American population, with the great majority of this population being of non-European origin. This paper reviews the unique risk factors and mental health needs of our new immigrant populations, as well as treatment and services approaches to address their unique needs.