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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2002 Feb;70(1):44-55.

Cultural and contextual influences in mental health help seeking: a focus on ethnic minority youth.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle 98195, USA.


In this article, a mental health help-seeking model is offered as a framework for understanding cultural and contextual factors that affect ethnic minority adolescents' pathways into mental health services. The effects of culture and context are profound across the entire help-seeking pathway, from problem identification to choice of treatment providers. The authors argue that an understanding of these help-seeking pathways provides insights into ethnic group differences in mental health care utilization and that further research in this area is needed.

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