Cultural stereotypes vs. access

The Effect of Cultural Stereotypes on Mental and Public Health


Lorenzo Lorenzo-Luaces

Populations referred to as “minority groups” are growing at a faster rate in the U.S. than Caucasians, with estimates suggesting that by 2060, 57 percent of the U.S. population will be non-White.

These populations are less likely to receive mental health care than Whites. When they do receive care, it is usually of lesser quality.

Erroneous cultural stereotypes contribute to significant differences in mental health across racial/ethnic groups. Structural variables, including racism and discrimination, also explain these differences.

Wobert Wood Johnson Foundation - RWJFLorenzo Lorenzo-Luaces is doctoral student in the University of Pennsylvania clinical psychology program. Mr. Lorenzo-Luaces’ article was published in June 2014 on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “Human Capital Blog.” Read the full article here.