This research was supported by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ♯1K23 DA018715-01A2, NIH Research Grant ♯P50 MHO 73469 funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and ♯P60 MD0 02261 funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. We also thank Drs. Dharma Cortes and Kim Hopper for their insights and input on previous drafts of the manuscript, and Anne Valentine, M.P.H., for editing assistance.
Preferences for relational style with mental health clinicians: A qualitative comparison of African American, Latino and Non-Latino White patients†
Version of Record online: 11 OCT 2010
© 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 67, Issue 1, pages 31–44, January 2011
How to Cite
Mulvaney-Day, N. E., Earl, T. R., Diaz-Linhart, Y. and Alegría, M. (2011), Preferences for relational style with mental health clinicians: A qualitative comparison of African American, Latino and Non-Latino White patients. J. Clin. Psychol., 67: 31–44. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20739
- Issue online: 8 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 11 OCT 2010
- mental health services;
- multicultural psychology;
The goal of this study is to analyze preferences for relational styles in encounters with mental health providers across racial and ethnic groups. Four primary themes describe what patients want from a mental health provider: listening, understanding, spending time, and managing differences. However, using contextual comparative analysis, the findings explicate how these themes are described differently across African Americans, Latinos, and non-Latino Whites, uncovering important qualitative differences in the meaning of these themes across the groups. The article suggests that closer attention to qualitative preferences for style of interaction with providers may help address disparities in mental health care for racial and ethnic minorities. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 67:1–14, 2010.