Mental Health Service Utilization of Somali Adolescents: ReligioN, Community, and School as Gateways to Healing

B. Heidi Ellis, Alisa K. Lincoln, Meredith E. Charney, Rebecca Ford-Paz, Molly Benson, Lee Strunin

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Abstract

This mixed-method study examines the utility of the Gateway Provider Model (GPM) in understanding service utilization and pathways to help for Somali refugee adolescents. Somali adolescents living in the Northeastern United States, and their caregivers, were interviewed. Results revealed low rates of use of mental health services. However other sources of help, such as religious and school personnel, were accessed more frequently. The GPM provides a helpful model for understanding refugee youth access to services, and an elaborated model is presented showing how existing pathways to help could be built upon to improve refugee youth access to services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-811
Number of pages23
Journaltranscultural psychiatry
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

Keywords

  • Gateway Provider Model
  • Somali
  • mental health
  • refugee
  • service utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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