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Mental health status of the Hmong Americans in 2011: three decades revisited

TitleMental health status of the Hmong Americans in 2011: three decades revisited
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsLee, S, Chang, J
JournalJ Soc Work Disabil RehabilJ Soc Work Disabil Rehabil
Volume11
Pagination55-70
ISBN Number1536-7118 (Electronic)<br/>1536-710X (Linking)
Accession Number22409638
KeywordsAcculturation, Adaptation, Psychological, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Asian Americans/ statistics & numerical data, Cambodia/ethnology, Chi-Square Distribution, Depression/epidemiology, Female, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Laos/ethnology, Male, Mental Health/ethnology/ statistics & numerical data, Middle Aged, Psychometrics, Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic/epidemiology, Stress, Psychological, Time Factors, United States/epidemiology, Vietnam/ethnology, Young Adult
AbstractThis article provides a comprehensive overview of the Hmong in America and encompasses their mental health status for the past 35 years. Since their mass arrival to the United States in 1975, limited research has been compiled to track the specific mental health issues that affect this collective community alone. Major chronological research findings were compiled for this article and specific findings concerning the Hmong and their mental health issues were compared to findings for other Southeast Asian groups. In conclusion, the findings of this article indicate that the Hmong still have higher rates of being diagnosed with depression, the lowest help-seeking behaviors in utilizing Western medicine, and the lowest arithmetic average of "happiness" scaled on an assessment tool. The purpose of this article is to better steer future research projects that entail tracking and differentiating the specific mental health domains of the Hmong.
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