Literature Review

Comprehensive In-Depth Literature Review and Analysis of Hispanic Mental Health Issues with Specific Focus on Members of the Following Ethnic Groups: Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans

Did you know that … language (limited English proficiency and availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services) and lack of health insurance are two key barriers facing Hispanics in need of mental health services?

Did you know that …
 studies have found that a large percentage of Hispanics utilize their primary care physicians and spiritual leaders for their mental health needs, rather than participate in services at a mental health facility?

Did you know that … there is a critical need for master’s level bilingual and bicultural clinicians? Now, you too can know more about issues such as these and others facing Hispanics regarding mental health utilization, barriers, clinical best practices and recommendations for future endeavors, thanks to a report available from the National Resource Center.

In order to obtain a more detailed understanding of issues facing Hispanics with regards to mental health service utilization and practices that have been found to be effective with the Hispanic population, Changing Minds, Advancing Mental Health for Hispanics summoned an in-depth literature review and analysis of professional literature on topics related to Hispanic mental health.

The report, entitled Comprehensive In-Depth Literature Review and Analysis of Hispanic Mental Health Issues with Specific Focus on Members of the Following Ethnic Groups: Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, summarizes and analyzes professional literature surrounding studies on barriers to care, utilization of mental health services, and clinical best practices. The report also provides an historical overview of each group and discusses issues relevant to each group that may contribute to the views of mental health by members of that group.

The report, which was prepared by Peter J. Guarnaccia, Ph.D., and Igda Martinez, both of Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, is now available. The report provides a summary of key findings from national studies with Hispanics and a summary of key findings from the comprehensive literature review and analysis. Gaps in research areas and service delivery are also identified and provided, as are recommendations for future endeavors by those interested in addressing the lack of access to and the quality of mental heath services for Hispanics. To obtain a free copy of the report, please click on the link below. Please note that the report is protected by U.S. Copyright laws.

Literature Review – English

Literature Review – Spanish