Author Date

2022-03-08

Degree Name

BS

Department

Psychology

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Defense Date

2022-03-04

Publication Date

2022-03-08

First Faculty Advisor

Dawn-Marie Wood

First Faculty Reader

Kari O'Grady

Honors Coordinator

Bruce Brown

Keywords

Latinx, Mental Health, Stigma, Family Influence, Primary Care, Mental Illness

Abstract

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).

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