Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Elizabeth D. Fraga
The rapidly growing population of Latinos/as in the United States underscores the profound need for counselors to broaden their clinical treatment approaches to attend to specific culture-related concerns. Latinos/as are faced with a number of social, health, and psychological difficulties that affect their need for mental health services. The negative impact of these life circumstances has made Latinos/as susceptible to a variety of mental health problems. However, because of a number of institutional and cultural barriers to treatment, Latinos/as tend not to make use of available mental health services in U.S. society. To increase utilization and effectiveness of treatment, and decrease early termination, the Latino/a population requires counseling services that will meet their needs in ways that are culturally relevant. The more mental health services reflect the culture of the Latino/a client, the more likely the services will be utilized and effective. Latinos/as are an ethnically diverse group that includes ...