3234.0 Invited Session: Crossing Conceptual Borders - Issues in Latino Mental Health

Monday, October 27, 2008: 12:30 PM
The Latino population is expected to grow to nearly a quarter of the total U.S. population by the year 2025. Latinos are not only extremely heterogeneous in sociodemographic and community characteristics; their mental health disorder rates and service use profiles tend to vary broadly across immigrant and U.S.-born Latino groups. This panel presents findings addressing the role of acculturation and context and how they relate to psychopathology and service use. This panel examines the potential pathways to illness as well as how certain groups of the Latino population, such as Latino elderly, demonstrate increased risk of psychiatric illness as compared to other minorities and non-Latino whites. The panel also presents new findings of how health preferences differ across minority groups. The four papers presented in this session will examine these different issues unique to Latino mental health using the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS).
Session Objectives: Describe the role of acculturation and context and how they relate to psychopathology and mental health service use among Latinos. Apply various statistical methods to understand correlates and pathways of mental health services disparities. Identify the clinical and policy implications of findings from the National Latino and Asian American Study.

12:48 PM
Pathways and Correlates Connecting Exposure to the U.S. and Latino Mental Health
Benjamin L. Cook, PhD, Julia Lin, PhD, Jing Guo, MS and Margarita Alegria, PhD
1:06 PM
Community Correlates of Access to Mental Health Services Among Latinos and Whites
Teresa Doksum, PhD, Jing Guo, MS, Pinka Chatterji, PhD, Mara Laderman, Benjamin L. Cook, PhD, Shan Gao, MS and Margarita Alegria, PhD
1:24 PM
Ethnic Minority Elderly and the Prevalence of Psychiatric Illnesses
Daniel E. Jimenez, PhD, Margarita Alegria, PhD and Chih-nan Chen, PhD
1:42 PM
Do Health Preferences Vary Across Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations with Mental Health Disorders? An Exploratory Study
Norah Mulvaney-Day, PhD, Marcela Horvitz-Lennon, MD MPH, Chih-nan Chen, PhD, Mara Laderman and Margarita Alegria, PhD

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Organized by: Mental Health
Endorsed by: Latino Caucus

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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