Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Beth Boyd


Hispanic/Latinx communities face a troubling number of barriers in accessing mental health services. Many difficulties associated with access have been studied within urban communities across the southern and western regions of the United States. However, over the past two decades, the Midwest has become a geographical location where this ethnic group has and will continue to see exponential growth. Unfortunately, adequate mental health services for the growing population within this geographic region are scarce. Additionally, more rural areas of the Midwest are heavily impacted by a lack of adequate mental health care services. The barriers that exist to access mental healthcare in rural and Hispanic/Latinx communities highlight the need for service-focused research specific to geographical regions such as the Midwest. This also underscores the roles and responsibilities that mental health care providers have in providing culturally responsive resources for Hispanic/Latinx communities. It is for these reasons that the present study explored the perspectives of mental health care providers in a Midwestern city in their endeavor to provide the Hispanic/Latinx community with culturally responsive mental health services. This study is a step towards assessing the infrastructure of mental health care that is accessible to Hispanic/Latinx communities in the rural Midwest. It will also provide important insight into unique barriers that exist for new growing Hispanic/Latinx communities through the perspective of mental health care providers. The thesis also aims to add to the existing literature that explores how culturally responsive services for Hispanic/Latinx communities may look.

Subject Categories

Clinical Psychology


Culturally Responsive, Hispanic/Latinx, Mental Health Services, Midwest, Service Accessibility

Number of Pages



University of South Dakota



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