Stressors and Barriers to Using Mental Health Services Among Diverse Groups of First-Generation Immigrants to the United States
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This study examined stressors and barriers to using mental health services among first-generation immigrants in San Jose, California. Focus groups for 30 immigrants from Cambodia, Eastern Europe, Iran, Iraq, Africa, and Vietnam were audio-recorded, translated and transcribed. Two researchers coded the data and identified themes pertaining to mental health stressors and barriers. Six primary stressors were identified: economic, discrimination, acculturation due to language differences, enculturation, parenting differences, and finding suitable employment. Primary barriers included: stigma, lack of a perceived norm in country of origin for using mental health services, competing cultural practices, lack of information, language barriers, and cost. A conceptual model is presented that may be used to inform the design and implementation of mental health services for this population.
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- 1. Center for Survivors of Torture, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, 2400 Moorpark Ave., Suite 300, San Jose, CA, 95128, USA
- 2. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, School of Medicine, 401 Quarry Road, Palo Alto, CA, 94304, USA