Cultural Considerations in Stepped-Care and E-Health Interventions
The Unites States continues to experience a rapid demographic change with regard to culturally diverse (i.e., ethnic and racial minority) populations. As examples, people of Asian-origin heritage (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Korean) have increased by over 200% (Leong et al., 2003) and people of Latino origin (e.g., Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican) have experienced a growth rate eight times faster than Caucasians (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2000) in the last couple of decades. In fact, Latinos have surpassed African-Americans as the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. Given this trend with Asians, Latinos, and other ethnic and racial minority groups, it is expected that ethnic minorities will constitute the majority of the US population in the next few decades. Part of this rapid shift in demographics is driven by the continued high immigration patterns with some of these groups.
KeywordsMental Health Service Health Information Ethnic Minority Health Literacy Mental Health Professional
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