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Study Examines Latino Youth Mental Health

A new study seeks to uncover what sorts of discrimination Latino youth and their families may face when seeking mental health treatment.

The Elkhart Truth reports that the study is funded by the National Institute for Mental Health and will focus on northern Indiana. According to Census figures, the city of Elkhart, Indiana, is about 15 percent Latino, compared with 6 percent statewide.

“When a Latino individual is trying to seek [mental health] services, there may be different barriers,” Indiana University School of Medicine professor Irene Park told the Truth. “The care provider may not know about their culture of origin, and there may be a language barrier or different cultural values.”

She hopes the findings will help mental health professionals provide better care to Latino children ideally ages 12 to 17. She is particularly interested in immigrant families.

Researchers plan on studying about 270 families over the next two years. They will go through a series of three interviews. The target completion date is September 2015.

Related Links:

- “Nationally Funded Study will look at Mental Health of Latino Children in Elkhart,” The Elkhart Truth.

- National Institute of Mental Health.