Barriers to community mental health services for Latinos: Treatment considerations

Haig Kouyoumdjian, Byron L. Zamboanga, David J. Hansen

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The underutilization of mental health services by Latinos has been a growing concern in research and clinical practice. This has become increasingly important as the population of Latinos in the United States rapidly rises and the evidence that many are not receiving needed mental health services accumulates. To provide an understanding of the issues, this article provides an overview of risk factors that may influence the mental health of Latinos and examines prevalence rates of psychopathology and service utilization trends. This article then presents a comprehensive review of the socioeconomic, cultural, and psychotherapeutic barriers that prevent Latinos from receiving community mental health services. Treatment recommendations to increase the access and utilization of community mental health services by Latinos are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-422
Number of pages29
JournalClinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2003


  • Barriers
  • Culture
  • Latinos
  • Mental health service
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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