Review and summarize articles on culture, race/ethnicity, perspectives on mental health and use of mental health service

According to Kleinman, health care is being a special kind of cultural system that is continually created and maintained by a society or country’s social and cultural context. In his view health care, including mental health care, systems are a society’s “socially organized” response to disease (Kleinman, 1980).

In this assignment, you will (1) review and summarize articles on culture, race/ethnicity, perspectives on mental health and use of mental health service; (2) conduct two brief interviews using the question set provided below, and (3) summarize the findings from your interviews in the context of your literature review.


For your literature review select a minimum of four (4) of the articles from the citation list below and at
least one peer-reviewed source of your choosing.
Cai, A. & Robst, J. (2016) The relationship between race/ethnicity and the perceived
experience of mental health care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 86(5) 508-518
Chou, T., Asnaani, A., & Hofmann, S. (2012). Perception of racial discrimination and
psychopathology across three U.S. ethnic minority groups. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic
Minority Psychology, 18(1) 74-81
Leong, F., Kim, H., & Gupta (2011). Attitudes toward professional counseling among AsianAmerican college students: acculturation, conceptions of mental illness, and loss of face.
Asian-American Journal of Psychology, 2(2) 140-153
Ojeda, V., & Bergstresser, S. (2008). Gender, race-ethnicity, and psychosocial barriers to mental
health care: an examination of perceptions and attitudes among adults reporting unmet need.
Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 49(3), 317-334. Retrieved from
Ronzio, C., Guagliardo, M., Persaud (2006) Disparity in location of urban mental service
providers. Amer Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 76(1) 37-43
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Sanders Thompson, V., Bazile, A., & Akbar,M. (2004) African-Americans’ perceptions of
psychotherapy and psychotherapists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 35(1)
Villatoro, A., Mays, V., Ponce, N., Aneshensel, C. (2017). Perceived need for mental health
care: The Intersection of race, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status. society and mental
health. Sociology and Mental Health, (XX) X, 1-24.
Villatoro, A., Morales, E. & Mays, V. (2014).Family culture in mental health help-seeking and
utilization in a nationally representative sample of Latinos in the United States: The NLAAS.
American Journal of Othopsychiatry 84(4), 353-363
Wong, E., Collins, R., Cerully, J., Seelam, R., & Roth, E. (2016). Racial and ethnic differences in
mental illness stigma and discrimination among Californians Experiencing mental health
challenges. In Racial and Ethnic Differences in Mental Illness Stigma and Discrimination
Among Californians Experiencing Mental Health Challenges (pp. 1-12). RAND Corporation.
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