Latino Mental Health: Acculturation Challenges in Service Provision

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Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Social Work


Acculturation and assimilation—terms used to describe the complex processes that immigrants go through as they incorporate into a host society’s culture—are important considerations for mental health providers. Acculturation and assimilation include a range of contextual and individual-level factors that interact in ways unique to each immigrant. Hence, a “one-size-fits-all” approach for access to and provision of mental health services is inadequate for Latino immigrants. This chapter focuses on explaining the complexity of the acculturation and assimilation processes as they relate to mental health, particularly in terms of macro-level structural and micro-level individual effects. The chapter illustrates the influence of acculturation and assimilation on mental health and how these processes complicate the provision of services.

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