Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 1129–1132

Nativity and Level of Need: Toward an Integrative Perspective of Asian American Mental Health

Brief Communication


This study uses data from the NLAAS to investigate the relationship between culture and the level of psychiatric needs. Contrary to trends, those U.S. born with non-serious disorders were less likely to use mental health services. Results indicate that in order to effectively treat Asian Americans with mental health disorders, interventions need to take into account service use patterns that are impacted by both acculturation and the level of need.


Mental health disorders Service utilization Asian Americans Acculturation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Silver School of Social WorkNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Touro College School of Social WorkNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA

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