The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore thoughts, feelings, barriers, and experiences of Latino men who utilized mental health services at some point in their lives. Semi-structured, open-ended interviews were used with a sample of 10 Latino men. Latinos in general tend to underreport and underutilize mental health services, even though they report higher levels of distress when compared to other ethnic groups. While social-cultural barriers may keep Latino men from engaging in help-seeking behaviors, the men in this study were able to benefit from participating in mental health services.
The men were able to find value in mental health services, despite their preconceived notions regarding mental illness and treatment. The results suggested that social workers should be sensitive to the unique needs of Latino men who may be reluctant to seek services due to cultural factors.
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Wilson, Steve|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Social psychology, Social work, Gender studies, Hispanic American studies|
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