Daryn Reicherter

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  • Stressors and Barriers to Using Mental Health Services Among Diverse Groups of First-Generation Immigrants to the United States COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH JOURNAL Saechao, F., Sharrock, S., Reicherter, D., Livingston, J. D., Aylward, A., Whisnant, J., Koopman, C., Kohli, S. 2012; 48 (1): 98-106


    This study examined stressors and barriers to using mental health services among first-generation immigrants in San Jose, California. Focus groups for 30 immigrants from Cambodia, Eastern Europe, Iran, Iraq, Africa, and Vietnam were audio-recorded, translated and transcribed. Two researchers coded the data and identified themes pertaining to mental health stressors and barriers. Six primary stressors were identified: economic, discrimination, acculturation due to language differences, enculturation, parenting differences, and finding suitable employment. Primary barriers included: stigma, lack of a perceived norm in country of origin for using mental health services, competing cultural practices, lack of information, language barriers, and cost. A conceptual model is presented that may be used to inform the design and implementation of mental health services for this population.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s10597-011-9419-4

    View details for Web of Science ID 000299900100013

    View details for PubMedID 21655942

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