The influence of race and ethnicity in clients' experiences of mental health treatment

Oanh Meyer, Nolan Zane

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Clinicians and researchers have pointed to the need for culturally sensitive mental health interventions. Yet it has not been determined if the inclusion of cultural elements affects the way mental health clients experience services. This study examined 102 clients who had received mental health treatment from outpatient mental health clinics to investigate whether culturally related elements involving race and ethnicity were important to clients and whether they were related to client satisfaction and perceived treatment outcomes. Ethnic minority clients generally felt that issues regarding race and ethnicity were more important than did White clients. When these elements were considered important but were not included in their care, clients were less satisfied with treatment. Consistent with the notion of cultural responsiveness, these findings provide empirical evidence that culturally relevant aspects of the mental health service experience are salient to ethnic minority clients and can affect how they respond to services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)884-901
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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