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Barriers to Mental Health Care Utilization for U.S. Cambodian Refugees

Author(s): S. Megan Berthold, Eunice C. Wong, Grant N. Marshall, Terry L. Schell, Marc N. Elliott, Katrin Hambarsoomians, Chi-Ah Chun
Keywords: Cambodian, refugees, Asian Americans, mental health, treatment, barriers

Asian Americans encounter barriers to mental health care, some of which are structural, whereas others may be cultural. Using data from a probability sample (N = 490) drawn from the largest Cambodian refugee community in the United States, the authors assessed the extent to which structural and cultural barriers were experienced. Surprisingly, a relatively small proportion endorsed commonly cited cultural barriers such as distrust of Western care (4%) and greater confidence in alternative care (5%), whereas most endorsed structural barriers such as high cost (80%) and language (66%). Among those with a probable diagnosis, a similar pattern was found. Findings suggest that structural, not culturally based, barriers are the most critical obstacles to care in this U.S. Cambodian refugee community.

Comorbid Mental and Physical Health and Health Access in Cambodian Refugees in the US

Authors: S. Megan Berthold, Sengly Kong, Richard F. Mollica, Theanvy Kuoch, Mary Scully, Todd Franke


U.S. Cambodian Refugees’ Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Mental Health Problems

S. Megan Berthold, Ph. D., L.C.S.W.
Eunice C. Wong, Ph.D.
Terry L. Schell, Ph.D.
Grant N.Marshall, Ph.D.
Marc N. Elliott, Ph.D.
David Takeuchi, Ph.D.
Katrin Hambarsoomians, M.S.

This study examined U.S. Cambodian refugees’ use of com-plementary and alternative medicine and Western sources of care for psychiatric problems. Analyses assessed the extent to which complementary and alternative medicine was used in the absence of Western mental health treatment and whether use of complementary and alternative medicine was associated with decreased use of Western services.