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Chapter 7: Guidelines for Evaluating and Using the Epidemiological Mental Health Literature with Culturally Diverse Groups

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Guidelines for Evaluating and Using the Epidemiological Mental Health Literature with Culturally Diverse Groups
Guidelines for evaluating and using the epidemiological mental health literature with culturally diverse groups

Acentral issue in the assessment and treatment of multicultural groups is the therapist's ability to critically evaluate and use data on the epidemiology of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems reported in the literature with these groups. In general, the methodology used in collecting epidemiological data is as follows: Researchers take a sample from a given population (e.g., a sample of the total population of Hispanics.), screen the individuals in that sample in relation to the particular variable or event under study (e.g., schizophrenia, depression, phobias), and then calculate a score for that sample. This score is ...

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