Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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First Faculty Reader
Latinx, Mental Health, Stigma, Family Influence, Primary Care, Mental Illness
This thesis explores the disparity between the incidence of mental illness and help-seeking and resource utilization among the Latinx population. Research supports that the incidence of mental health issues is as high among this population as it is among any other, but help-seeking behaviors and resource utilization among this population are significantly lower. It is proposed that this difference is caused by family influence, cultural stigma, and lack of access to education and resources. Based on these factors, this thesis will discuss potential solutions that are culturally appropriate and empirically supported. These include family support interventions (psychoeducation, family-centered treatments, and mental health professional support), education in primary care settings (increasing cultural understanding, integration of primary and mental healthcare), and improving access to destigmatizing media (creation of destigmatizing media and overcoming treatment barriers through technology).
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Percival, Taylor, "Barriers to Mental Health Help-Seeking among the Latinx Population in the United States: Primary Care, Family Influences, and Cultural Stigmas" (2022). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 235.