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Black Students Less Likely to Get Mental Health Care

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by Ershad Kaleebullah

A startling new study claims that black and Hispanic children and young adults are half as likely as white students to receive treatment for mental health problems. This study raises racism concerns because the racial and ethnic disparity exists despite the fact that both minorities have a similar rate of mental problems as that of white students.

The study, led by Dr. Lyndonna Marrast, who was with the Harvard Medical School when the research was initiated for the International Journal of Health Services, is based on data collected from children under 18 and young adults in the age group of 18 to 34. The research study covered all the 50 states in the U.S. between the years 2006 and 2012.

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