Socioecological model of mental health resource utilization in Asian American adolescents with anxiety
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Nearly 46 million Americans meet the criteria for a mental disorder. Anxiety impacts 30% of these individuals in the United States. A mounting focus on mental health has prompted a growing response in both research and clinical contexts. Despite this increased attention, Asian Americans still face significant mental health disparities. Furthermore, the broad use of the term Asian Americans makes it difficult for researchers and clinicians to encapsulate the needs in this diverse group. Asian American adolescents are an at risk population due to the significant developmental and cultural stressors they face. Consequently, knowledge pertaining to this population’s mental health resource utilization becomes an important tool in providing care. A socioecological approach was used to investigate determinants relevant to anxiety and mental health resource utilization in Asian American adolescents. Current public health models do not adequately represent the interactions between the analyzed determinants. As such, a socioecological model was proposed which depicts the dynamic relationships surrounding Asian American adolescent mental health resource utilization. A dearth in current research makes it difficult to generalize this model for the whole population. Nevertheless, this model provides an important first step to understanding the unique situation that Asian American adolescents face.