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Spring 2008


Barriers exist when providing effective mental health care to Asian Americans. The barriers are rooted in the cultural stigma as people believe that there is no such thing as mental illness in Asian culture and critically judge those who admit to their problems. Families often think of mental illness as a shame for the family and often have difficulty expressing the "shame" in English. The work's objective was to understand how mental health professionals who already work with Asian Americans address these barriers.