Psychiatry Investig.  2008 Mar;5(1):14-20.

Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Korean American Immigrants: Moving Toward a Community Partnership Between Religious and Mental Health Services

  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, US.
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Gachon Unversity of Medicine and Science Gil Medical Center, Incheon, Korea.
  • 3School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, US.


Korean Americans (KAs) with psychiatric service needs underutilizes the mainstream mental health services in United States (US). Barriers to mental health service access among KAs reflect their unique heritage and culture. More than two-thirds of KAs identify themselves as Christians, and Korean clergy have influential roles in daily lives of vast majority of KAs. By working with the Korean clergy, a small voluntary organization such as the Association of Korean American Psychiatrists could provide invaluable assistance in removing the barriers to mental health services for KAs.


Korean; Korean American; Immigration; Mental health services; Disarity; Religion; Church
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