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Dissertation

Mental health issues and needs of American Indians residing in Los Angeles County: A survey

15 April 2005

Abstract

The American Indian population has become increasingly urban in the past 40 years with the majority of Indians throughout the nation residing in urban areas. In fact, the largest concentration of urban Indians resides in the greater Los Angeles area. Because of this population shift, it is clear that psychologists and other mental health practitioners are more likely to encounter Indian clients, especially those therapists practicing in Los Angeles County. There is a critical need for increased research to address the needs of urban Indians. However, most of the research on Native Americans continues to focus on rural reservation Indians. The present study examines the self-reported experiences of American Indians in regard to their views about mental health. Sixty-three American Indians residing in Los Angeles County were surveyed. The results of the study found that American Indians in Los Angeles with low incomes reported more mental health issues and faced more barriers in accessing mental health care


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