Differences in mental health service sector utilization among African American and caucasian youth entering systems of care programs

Crystal L. Barksdale, Melissa Azur, Philip J. Leaf

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Abstract

Differences in unmet need and access to services between African American and Caucasian youth have been established; less is known about differences in specific mental health service sectors. This study examined differences in past year outpatient, school-based, day treatment and residential/inpatient service utilization among African American and Caucasian youth (n=3,649) entering a federally funded system of care program. Random effect logistic regression models were implemented to examine the relationship between race and past year service utilization. Analyses revealed that African American youth were less likely than Caucasian youth to have utilized school-based and residential/inpatient mental health services in the past year. Findings suggest that racial disparities exist in service use for certain types of service sectors and highlight the importance of understanding and identifying individual, family, and community factors that contribute to disparities in service utilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-373
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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