Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 57–74

Unmet Needs for Mental Health Services for Latino Older Adults: Perspectives from Consumers, Family Members, Advocates, and Service Providers

  • Concepción Barrio
  • Lawrence A. Palinkas
  • Ann-Marie Yamada
  • Dahlia Fuentes
  • Viviana Criado
  • Piedad Garcia
  • Dilip V. Jeste
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-007-9112-9

Cite this article as:
Barrio, C., Palinkas, L.A., Yamada, AM. et al. Community Ment Health J (2008) 44: 57. doi:10.1007/s10597-007-9112-9

Abstract

This study qualitatively assessed the need for mental health services among Latino older adults in San Diego, California. The primary mental health issue was depression. Primary organizational barriers to accessing services were language and cultural barriers secondary to a lack of translators, dearth of information on available services, and scarcity of providers representative of the Latino community. Other challenges included a lack of transportation and housing, and the need for socialization and social support. Latino older adults experienced their unmet needs in ways associated with their cultural background and minority status. Age- and culturally-appropriate services are needed to overcome these barriers.

Keywords

HispanicQualitative methodsHealth services researchAgingMental illnessNeeds assessmentMental health utilization

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Concepción Barrio
    • 1
  • Lawrence A. Palinkas
    • 1
  • Ann-Marie Yamada
    • 1
  • Dahlia Fuentes
    • 2
    • 3
  • Viviana Criado
    • 3
  • Piedad Garcia
    • 3
  • Dilip V. Jeste
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Community Mental Health Research LiaisonUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Adult and Older Adult Mental Health Services, County of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry & NeurosciencesUniversity of CaliforniaSan DiegoUSA
  5. 5.VA San Diego Healthcare SystemSan DiegoUSA