Cultural and contextual influences in mental health help seeking: a focus on ethnic minority youth

J Consult Clin Psychol. 2002 Feb;70(1):44-55. doi: 10.1037//0022-006x.70.1.44.


In this article, a mental health help-seeking model is offered as a framework for understanding cultural and contextual factors that affect ethnic minority adolescents' pathways into mental health services. The effects of culture and context are profound across the entire help-seeking pathway, from problem identification to choice of treatment providers. The authors argue that an understanding of these help-seeking pathways provides insights into ethnic group differences in mental health care utilization and that further research in this area is needed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Culture*
  • Ethnic Groups / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*