Women's Utilization of Outpatient Psychiatric Services: Some Emerging Priorities for Rehabilitation Psychologists

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An emerging priority for rehabilitation psychologists is understanding the special needs and circumstances of women clients, including the needs of minority women. Analyses of epidemiological data for interaction effects of sex and race that would facilitate needed understanding are scarce. This article begins to rectify the situation by providing a brief profile of women's utilization of outpatient psychiatric services; population characteristics that have special implications for rehabilitation psychologists, including race, age, marital status, diagnosis, and type of treatment, are identified. Sources of knowledge about the mental health of women and minorities are also identified.

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