Mental health service utilization of Somali adolescents: religion, community, and school as gateways to healing

Ellis, B. H.; Lincoln, A. K.; Charney, M. E.; Ford-Paz, R.; Benson, M.; Strunin, L.

Transcult Psychiatry. 2010 Nov 23; 47(5):789-811

Abstract

This mixed-method study examines the utility of the Gateway Provider Model (GPM) in understanding service utilization and pathways to help for Somali refugee adolescents. Somali adolescents living in the Northeastern United States, and their caregivers, were interviewed. Results revealed low rates of use of mental health services. However other sources of help, such as religious and school personnel, were accessed more frequently. The GPM provides a helpful model for understanding refugee youth access to services, and an elaborated model is presented showing how existing pathways to help could be built upon to improve refugee youth access to services.

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