Study Finds Lower Rate of Mental Health Care Among Asian-Americans
About 28% of Asian-Americans diagnosed with psychological problems undergo mental health treatment, compared with 54% of the general population, according to a study by researchers at UC-Davis, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Experts attribute the gap in mental health treatment rates to differences in cultural values.
Other recent studies have found that:
- Asian-American or Pacific Islander women between ages 15 and 24 consistently have the highest suicide rate;
- Asian-American teenage girls report higher rates of depression symptoms than other racial groups;
- Southeast Asian refugees suffer from high rates of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder;
- Older Asian-Americans have a higher prevalence of dementia than other groups; and
- The suicide rate among elderly Chinese-American women is 10 times higher than for elderly white women.
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