Objective: To examine gaps in mental health care in New York City for women seeking asylum from Central and South America as a result of domestic violence.
Methods: This study was a retrospective chart review of the records of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Clinic. The records of women seeking asylum were analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively for indications of a mental health condition and any indication of treatment received for that condition.
Results: 80% (16/20) of the women from this region seeking asylum had a history of domestic violence. 81.3% (13/16) of these women had or exhibited significant symptoms of having one or more mental health conditions. Only 30.8% (4/13) ever received any sort of mental health treatment for these conditions. This indicates a need for expanded mental health care services for this asylum seeking population. Community health worker based intervention may be a viable way to provide efficient and expanded services to this population.
|School:||Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Law, Public health|
|Keywords:||Asylum, Domestic abuse, Immigration, Women|
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