Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 241–248 | Cite as

Mental Health Service Use and Perceived Unmet Needs for Mental Health Care in Asian Americans

  • Yuri JangEmail author
  • Hyunwoo Yoon
  • Nan Sook Park
  • Min-Kyoung Rhee
  • David A. Chiriboga
Original Paper


Using data from the Asian American Quality of Life (AAQoL, n = 2609) survey, logistic regression models of mental health service use and perceived unmet needs were estimated with background variables, ethnicity, and mental health status. More than 44% of the participants were categorized as having mental distress (Kessler 6 [K6] ≥ 6) and 6.1% as having serious mental illness (SMI, K6 ≥ 13). About 23% had used services (mental health specialist, general doctor, and/or religious leader) for their emotional concerns during the past year, and about 7% reported that there was a time that they needed mental health care but could not get it. In the multivariate analyses, the presence of mental distress and SMI increased the odds of using any service and having perceived unmet needs. Those who had used services exhibited higher odds of reporting unmet needs, calling concerns about the quality of services and user satisfaction.


Mental health service use Perceived unmet needs Asian Americans 



This work was supported in part by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (R01AG047106—PI: Yuri Jang, Ph.D.). The support for data collection was provided by the City of Austin’s Asian American Quality of Life initiative (Contract No. 26-8275-39, PI—Yuri Jang, Ph.D.). There are no potential conflicts of interest for all authors. No financial disclosures were reported by the authors of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuri Jang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hyunwoo Yoon
    • 2
  • Nan Sook Park
    • 3
  • Min-Kyoung Rhee
    • 1
  • David A. Chiriboga
    • 4
  1. 1.Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkTexas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA
  3. 3.School of Social WorkUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  4. 4.Department of Child and Family StudiesUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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