Rural mental health and psychological treatment: a review for practitioners

J Clin Psychol. 2010 May;66(5):479-89. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20688.


Practitioners in rural areas face particular challenges in providing psychological services, ranging from disparate rates of mental disorders to unique circumstances in treating special populations. In this article, we discuss the burden of mental disorders in rural areas, current trends in integration of mental health care and primary care, and unique concerns practitioners face in treating two special populations in rural areas (children and families, and older adults and their caregivers). Implications for practice are also discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Caregivers / psychology
  • Caregivers / statistics & numerical data
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Middle Aged
  • Needs Assessment
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Prejudice
  • Psychotherapy*
  • Rural Health Services*
  • Rural Population* / statistics & numerical data
  • United States