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Structuring mental health within senior services: a case study of an outpatient mental health clinic serving Latinos

TitleStructuring mental health within senior services: a case study of an outpatient mental health clinic serving Latinos
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsOrtiz, DV
JournalJ Gerontol Soc WorkJ Gerontol Soc Work
Volume55
Pagination503-18
ISBN Number1540-4048 (Electronic)<br/>0163-4372 (Linking)
Accession Number22852993
KeywordsAdministrative Personnel, Adult, Aged, Ambulatory Care/ organization & administration, Attitude of Health Personnel/ ethnology, Communication Barriers, Community Mental Health Services/ organization & administration, Cultural Competency/ psychology, Cultural Diversity, Emigrants and Immigrants/psychology, Health Services Accessibility/standards, Health Status Disparities, Hispanic Americans, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders/ethnology/psychology, Mental Health/ethnology/standards, Social Work, United States/ethnology
AbstractThe article presents a case study of an outpatient mental health clinic serving Latino older adults. The study explored staff perceptions on the clinic development and the context within an immigrant multicultural community. The study used in-depth, semistructured interviews with support staff, clinical social workers, and administrators. Interviews were analyzed using a thematic content analysis. The mental health clinic formation was perceived by staff as an ecological process stemming from the needs of the Latino immigrant senior clients. A close knit and interdependent culture allowed the clinic to adjust to diversity and changing cultural contexts.