Date of Award

Summer 8-31-2021

Document Type

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Dr. Dawn Bragg

Second Advisor

Dr. Jean Caraway

Third Advisor

Dr. Beth Boyd


minority, communities, culture, mental health, American Indian

Subject Categories

Other Psychiatry and Psychology


The importance of mental health care is growing. Inadequate psychological aid in underserved areas creates an environment for health disparities. There is a needed emphasis for outreach in rural and ethnically diverse communities with a lack of healthcare professionals to service those afflicted by mental illness. One such group is the American Indian communities of indigent populations that experience multifactorial inequalities. The treatment and reception of mental health care continue to face many challenges such as access to care, lack of education, and stereotypes. To provide effective mental health services to the American Indian population, a collaboration in designing interventions with these communities are needed.



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