Academic journal article Creative Nursing

Assessing Latino Adult and Adolescent Mental Health Knowledge

Academic journal article Creative Nursing

Assessing Latino Adult and Adolescent Mental Health Knowledge

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Latino youth demonstrate high rates of mental health problems but do not access health care at the same rates as non-Latino youth. When Latino youth do access care, it is most often in a primary care sett ing. Primary care providers and staff recognize and experience many challenges associated with identifying and treating mental health problems in Latino youth. A starting point in addressing the challenges is learning the level of knowledge Latino parents and adolescents have regarding resources in their community that help with youth mental health problems. Describing cultural beliefs about mental health-seeking could also inform clinic education and outreach efforts.

Through the Densford Clinical Scholars program of the Katharine J. Densford International Center for Nursing Leadership, an advanced practice nurse is paired with a faculty member from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing on a project to advance patient care. For this particular project, researchers collaborated with community partners to develop an "Emotional Health Survey" instrument to assess mental health knowledge, beliefs, and att itudes of Latino adults and adolescents. …

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