Cultural Barriers And Disparities

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Cultural barriers and disparities According to Okazaki, Kassem, & Tu (2014), numerous cultural beliefs interfere with the acceptance of mental health assistance amongst Asian-Americans. Some barriers are related to: the lack of distinction between psychological and somatic symptoms, the belief that mental illness is an indication of personal weakness, and such matters are best kept private. Asians traditionally view their body and mind as indistinguishable and, regardless of acculturation, most continue to hold fast to this belief. Asians may instead seek treatment for somatic complaints that are perceived as more acceptable. Despite the appearance of lower rates of mental illness, multiple factors are associated with diagnosing mental illness in this population. Numerous racial/ethnic characteristics are possible triggers in the onset of mental illness in Asian Americans. For example, generational factors, English speaking abilities, and age at the time of migration are estimates of mental functioning. The very act of emigrating from one country to another has led to depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder in some sub-groups. Stereotypically, Asian-Americans are viewed as a group that is mentally and physically healthy and able to withstand adversity. Misinformed notions such as this reduce the resources available and prevent the utilization of services by the Asian-American population. Delays in the delivery of care results in an increased severity of
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