Improving access to mental health services for Korean American immigrants: Moving toward a community partnership between religious and mental health services

Hochang B. Lee, Jennifer A. Hanner, Seong Jin Cho, Hae Ra Han, Miyong T. Kim

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Abstract

Korean Americans (KAs) with psychiatric service needs underutilizes the mainstream mental health services in United States (US). Barriers to mental health service access among KAs reflect their unique heritage and culture. More than two-thirds of KAs identify themselves as Christians, and Korean clergy have influential roles in daily lives of vast majority of KAs. By working with the Korean clergy, a small voluntary organization such as the Association of Korean American Psychiatrists could provide invaluable assistance in removing the barriers to mental health services for KAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatry Investigation
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Church
  • Disarity
  • Immigration
  • Korean
  • Korean American
  • Mental health services
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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