Mental Health Care for Hispanic Americans: A Current Perspective

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In this article, the authors review patterns and challenges in the conceptualization, implementation, and academic support of the mental health services of Hispanic Americans. A critical analysis was conducted on information obtained through manual and computerized searches of published literature and conference reports. New clinical care approaches include the DSM–IV's cultural formulation with its complement of standardized multiaxial diagnosis, integration of services across clinical disorders or conditions and across sources of care, as well as pluralistic criteria and judges for service outcome appraisal. Emerging clinical approaches offer an opportunity to enhance the mental health care of Hispanic Americans within an increasingly multicultural U.S. society.

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