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J Ment Health Adm. 1994 Winter;21(1):60-70.

Cultural barriers to mental health care delivery in Alaska.

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  • Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA 70112.


Geographically diverse providers from all mental health disciplines attended a recent conference in Anchorage and discussed cultural barriers to the delivery of mental health care in Alaska. Based on their knowledge, experience, and perceptions, this article describes barriers contributed by the mental health care delivery system as well as those contributed by the American Indian and Alaska Native cultures. American Indians and Alaska Natives are experiencing deculturation, outmigration, alienation, distrust, and despair. The difficulties at the interface between Alaskan mental health care providers and consumers indigenous to Alaska have implications for administrative and clinical endeavors in culturally diverse settings elsewhere. Progress in this area will require special administrative skills.

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