- Subject index
During the past 30 years, the study of racial and ethnic minority issues in psychology has evolved into what can now be considered a significant and rapidly growing field of study. This handbook presents a thorough, scholarly overview of the psychology of racial, ethnic, and minority issues in the United States. It covers the breadth of psychology viewed through the lens of the racial and ethnic minority experience. The stellar collection of contributing authors provide readers with a comprehensive work that focuses on the professional, methodological, social and developmental, clinical, and applied and preventive issues shaping the field today. Highlighting leading research and application in the area of ethnic minority psychology, the Handbook will help set the direction of scholarly work in the area for ...
Chapter 28: Mental Health issues for African Americans
Mental Health issues for African Americans[Page 561]
More than a decade and a half ago, a federal report showed that African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities have higher rates of morbidity and mortality across the life span (Malone, 1985). That report and subsequent studies have shown that these health disparities are in part a result of less access to treatment. More recently, the U.S. surgeon general released a report showing that many Americans have limited access to mental health services (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999). African Americans have less access, which could contribute to poorer outcomes (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001).
Historically, African Americans have been more likely than Caucasians to receive the clinical ...