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Culture-Specific Psychoeducational Induction Talk as an Intervention to Increase Service Utilization Among Minority Populations: The Case of Korean Americans
Josephine M. Kim
Given the heterogeneity among minority populations, subgroups should not be combined in such an intervention. Instead, a spectrum of psychological matters should be presented to a targeted group of people, addressing mental health issues that are acutely specific to that cohort. Cultural specificity ensures the dissemination of information on the culture-bound vulnerabilities that place specific populations at risk for various emotional distresses; this full knowledge of risk factors is a necessary prerequisite for primary and secondary interventions. Thus, without a clear acknowledgment of such risk factors, it is unlikely that one would seek professional counseling services, let alone benefit from primary and secondary interventions.