The Relationship Between Access to Mental Health Resources and Use of Preferred Effective Mental Health Treatment

Author: ORCID icon
Silverman, Alexandra, Psychology - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Teachman, Bethany, AS-Psychology, University of Virginia

Objective: Certain marginalized groups do not have equal access to mental health resources. This study examined whether variables related to access to mental health resources (racial-ethnic group membership, education level, number of community-level treatment providers, and facilities) were associated with current mental health treatment use; and, whether they moderated the likelihood that individuals would receive their preferred effective treatment. Methods: In a preregistered ( online study, 5,626 individuals completed a mental health history form and measures of implicit and explicit beliefs about the effectiveness of therapy vs. medication. Results: Only individuals with higher education levels were more likely to report current use of treatment. Individuals who were Black/Latinx or who lived in a community with fewer treatment providers sometimes had a lower probability of accessing preferred effective treatment, though results varied across implicit and explicit measures. Conclusions: Findings support initiatives to increase access to mental health resources among marginalized groups.

MA (Master of Arts)
mental health disparities, treatment preferences, treatment attitudes, implicit attitudes, treatment access
All rights reserved (no additional license for public reuse)
Issued Date: