Cross-cultural Use of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

Although the cultural aspects of the pregnancy-related period in women’s lives have been studied extensively worldwide, the impact of cultural factors upon pregnancy-related depression has been investigated far less. Most research into pregnancy-related depression has been conducted in Western Europe, the U.S., Canada, and Australia. This research has been based primarily on studies of Western...
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Addressing Disparities In Mental Health Care For Latinos

Addressing disparities in mental health care for Latinos is of particular importance given their considerable population growth in the United States. The 2010 US Census reports: Latino Americans comprise the largest ethnic/racial minority group in the United States (50.5 million or 16.3%). Latinos are also the largest ethnic minority group of children (11.6 million) in the United States,1...
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Cross-Cultural Considerations in Prescribing Medication

Culturally-based health beliefs and behaviors drive adherence to treatment recommendations. Since many mental health clients enter the mental health system via a referral from their primary care physician, how their physician shapes expectations is very important. A previous article “Effective Mental Health Referrals” covers best practices for primary care providers to follow in...
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Effective Mental Health Referrals

Referrals to mental health services by medical providers are often problematic in cross-cultural encounters. Mental health services in the United States are based on cultural assumptions relevant to members of the mainstream society, but these assumptions may not be as relevant for people outside the dominant culture. Thus, clients from different cultural backgrounds may not understand what the...
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