Promote the mental health and health of minority and immigrant children and adolescents through:
cultural influences on development
culturally-specific risk and protective factors
the role of culture in parenting behaviors
Preventing psychopathology for minority and immigrant youth
empirical evidence into culturally-informed interventions
27% of the U.S. population is represented by at least one racial/ethnic minority group
Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority population.
Not only do ethnic-minority youth have different developmental trajectories, they are also at an increased risk for developing psychopathology, due to ecological and social contexts.
Disparities in service utilization exist, in that ethnic minorities are less likely to use mental health services. Factors to seek help can be influenced by stigma, barriers, beliefs in mental health problems, and parenting factors.
Efforts to increase engagement include culturally-based adaptations. Existing adapted interventions have been found to be effective at decreasing mental health problems, but are not systematic.