A Sociodemographic Profile of Asian Americans Served in Community Mental Health Centers for a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder

Caroline Lim, Mercedes Hernandez, Lizbeth Gaona, Paula Helu-Brown, Concepción Barrio

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Abstract

Little is known about Asian Americans treated for serious psychiatric disorders in the public mental health system. We characterized 75 Asian Americans seen at community mental health centers for a diagnosis of schizophrenia spectrum disorder to anticipate likely clients and gain insights into their service needs. Participants completed in-person interviews and self-report questionnaires on their demographic and social characteristics. The ethnically diverse sample featured mostly foreign-born individuals with long-standing schizophrenia. Findings highlighted participants’ differential experience of social adversities and stressful events, but also revealed salient cultural resources that shielded some from the social sequelae of schizophrenia. Recovery-oriented mental health programs staffed by culturally and linguistically compatible providers remain key to engaging this marginalized population in service. Findings also uphold a holistic management of schizophrenia spectrum disorder among racial and ethnic minorities, taking into account the complex social needs of afflicted individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)555-567
Number of pages13
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 2019

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Keywords

  • Asian Americans
  • Community mental health centers
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sociodemographic profile

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  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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A Sociodemographic Profile of Asian Americans Served in Community Mental Health Centers for a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder. / Lim, Caroline; Hernandez, Mercedes; Gaona, Lizbeth; Helu-Brown, Paula; Barrio, Concepción.

In: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Vol. 46, No. 4, 15.07.2019, p. 555-567.

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