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Cambodian American mental health data show need for culturally sensitive programs, community leaders say

58 percent of participants in a Cambodian community wellness program reported reductions in effects of past trauma, while depression-related symptoms declined for 69 percent.

Sept. 9, 2020, 10:11 AM PDT

By Agnes Constante

A community wellness program is demonstrating the benefits of culturally sensitive mental health care for Cambodian Americans, a group that has struggled to benefit from mainstream services.

Thanks to in-language workshops about mental health and culturally specific social activities, the majority of participants reported reductions in symptoms of depression and past trauma, highlighting the need for such programs in marginalized communities.

The results are significant given the lack of culturally sensitive mental health care programs for Cambodians, said community leaders with the Cambodian American Collective, an association of six organizations in Southern California that conducted the program. […]


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