Characteristics of culturally and linguistically diverse mental health clients

Khawaja, Nigar G., McCarthy, Rebecca, Vivienne, Braddock, & Dunne, Michael P. (2013) Characteristics of culturally and linguistically diverse mental health clients. Advances in Mental Health, 11(2), pp. 169-184.

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Abstract

The present study examined Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre (QTMHC) client characteristics in order to provide a better understanding for development of future health service delivery models. Archived data that was collected for 1499 clients over two years period (2007-2009) was analysed using descriptive statistics and Chi squares. The results indicated that clients were referred from a range of sources and were generally adults. There were more women than men, who sought services. At least half of the clients had language barriers and relied on bilingual workers. Most frequently expressed mental health issues were mood disorder symptoms, followed by symptoms of schizophrenia and psychosis and anxiety. Acculturation strains and stressors were described as the most common psychosocial issues. Mental health and psychosocial issues differed for age, gender and world regions from which the CALD clients originated. The findings provided an understanding of clients who seek services at QTMHC. Various ways in which transcultural services and data bases can be further improved are discussed.

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ID Code: 57920
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Mental health, Migrants, Refugees, Health services
ISSN: 1838-7357
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
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Deposited On: 07 Mar 2013 23:44
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2015 17:47

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