Mental Health Cultural Analysis

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The cultural elements that has a possibility of influencing mental health issues among the refugee population is adapting to a different culture/language, the knowledge systems, and beliefs. According to Burgess (2004), refugees who enter the United States must understand their system and the language in order to express their concerns, needs, and understand the reasons for their treatment. However, many refugees often experience having a difficult time to seek for help or translation and on top of that, they have to manage their medical issues. In addition, refugees had to learn how to use transportation or drive in order to go to different places. In this situation, it certainly causes a lot of stress for someone who has a language barrier, appears different, and no sense of group privilege (Burgess, 2004).

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