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NCJ Number: 228798 Find in a Library
Title: Intimate Partner Violence and Barriers to Mental Health Care for Ethnically Diverse Populations of Women
Journal: Trauma, Violence, and Abuse  Volume:10  Issue:4  Dated:October 2009  Pages:358-374
Author(s): Michael Rodriguez; Jeanette M. Valentine; John B. Son; Marjani Muhammad
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: National Ctr on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Bethesda, MD 20892-5465
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: 1P50MH073453;P20 MD000148;
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents a literature review examining available evidence on the sociocultural, behavioral, and organizational barriers to assessing and using mental health services among minority women with histories of intimate partner violence (IPV).
Abstract: Key points of this research review include: (1) limited research on the barriers in receiving mental health care for ethnically diverse women; (2) barriers to utilization of mental health care defined using a framework related to the patient, the clinician, and the health care system/community; (3) areas involving an individual's sociopolitical stance, cultural values, and financial status play a major role in the utilization of mental health care for intimate partner violence (IPV) affected, ethnically diverse women; and (4) clinicians can create barriers to receiving mental health care based on their practice setting and their tendencies to discriminate against those of ethnic minority origin. These literature review findings have important implications for community outreach and education, policy, and systems changes, and the need for additional research to improve practice and outcomes. Ethnically diverse populations of women, particularly survivors of IPV, experience many barriers to mental health care. This literature review identifies a number of barriers to mental health care access for IPV affected, ethnically diverse women that are related to patients, clinicians, and broader health care delivery systems. Figures, table, and references
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Abused women; Acquaintance rape; Domestic assault; Females; Literature reviews; Mental health; Mental health services; Minorities; Psychological evaluation; Victim services
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