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Behavioral Health Service Delivery with Asian Americans

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Although Asian Americans are the fastest growing ethnic group in the USA, they are relatively invisible in behavioral health service delivery. Asian Americans generally have been overlooked in federal behavioral health policies. Underutilization of mental health services has also contributed to Asian Americans’ invisibility. Therapist–client ethnic matching, increasing therapist cultural competence, cultural adaptations of interventions, and providing alternative services to traditional behavioral health interventions (e.g., movement-based interventions) have been approaches to making behavioral health services culturally relevant for Asian Americans. Future directions include the consideration of within-group variability among Asian Americans and of cultural influences that are proximal to treatment outcomes.

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  • Asian Americans
  • Health disparities
  • Cultural competence
  • Cultural adaptations
  • Alternative services

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Nagayama Hall, G.C., Huang, E.R. (2020). Behavioral Health Service Delivery with Asian Americans. In: Benuto, L., Gonzalez, F., Singer, J. (eds) Handbook of Cultural Factors in Behavioral Health. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32229-8_10

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