Racial and Ethnic Disparities

  • Yuri Jang
  • David A. Chiriboga
  • Marion Ann Becker


The primary objective of this chapter is to provide information on economic, psychiatric, and cultural factors that influence service access by racial/ethnic minority women. A secondary objective is to discuss the policy implications of existing research for mental health services that are provided to this population. These objectives draw from the extent and nature of the problems faced by minority women. According to the recent estimates, of the nearly 153 million women living in the USA, more than 31 million (20%) are members of racial/ethnic minorities (U.S. Census Bureau 2007). Their health, therefore, both physical and mental, assumes significance in terms of health services provision and overall social policy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuri Jang
    • 1
  • David A. Chiriboga
  • Marion Ann Becker
  1. 1.Department of Aging and Mental Health Disparities, Florida Mental Health InstituteUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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