Department

Modern Languages and Literatures Department

Degree Name

BA in Modern Languages and Literatures

Date

3-2013

Advisor(s)

Karen Muñoz-Christian

Abstract/Summary

This project attempts to identify and bring to light the issues relating to treatment of Latinos and native Spanish speakers in the United States. The stigma surrounding depression is already strong in the U.S., and when minorities, who tend to have their own views of mental health disorders and who are less likely to seek treatment for any mental health disorder they might have, are added to the picture, the rates of treatment go drastically down. There are many factors that play into whether or not Latinos will seek treatment for depression, many of which revolve around language and culture, two factors that have an important role in their willingness to seek treatment.

It is through the need for cultural competence and the breaking down of language barriers in medical professionals in the U.S. that rates for treatment of depression amongst Latinos can increase and presumably the stigma surrounding depression will decrease.

I use what available research has been done on the relationship between depression and Latinos to examine how large of a need the problem presents and what can be done to encourage Latinos to seek out treatment for depression. The study hopes to expose what areas of mental health treatment and Latino outreach need to be changed so that Latinos, and other minorities, can receive the treatment they need and deserve.

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