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Prevalence of Mental Illness Among Latino Youth
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Mental illness a marginalized area of public health, particularly for Latino youth ages 10-18. A unique combination of socioeconomic and cultural factors contribute to why Latino youth experience a higher prevalence of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder when compared to other ethnicities of the same age group. These factors include but are not limited to access to health care, religion, and family dynamics. An abundance of peer-reviewed articles report that minorities (such as African-Americans and Latinos) experience higher levels of mental illness and mental health related stigma that other ethnic groups. A survey regarding mental health prevalence and stigma was distributed among various ethnic groups in Reno, NV. Out of 100 responses, data indicates that Latino youth ages 10-18 report a higher level of mental illness and a lower level of treatment seeking behavior when compared to other minority groups such as cauasians, Asian-Americans, and African-Americans.