ARLINGTON - Pablo
Mora, an assistant professor of psychology at The University of Texas at
Arlington, has been awarded funding from the Austin-based Hogg Foundation for
Mental Health to examine how Latinos’ cultural views affect their decision to
seek mental health services and contribute to mental health disparities for
proposal was selected from a pool of 48 applicants from 17 universities across
Texas. The foundation awarded one-year grants to 13 tenure-track assistant professors
exploring different aspects of mental health in Texas.
to Mora, disadvantaged minorities, especially Latinos, have poorer physical and
mental health than their majority European-American counterparts. Cultural
differences in how elderly Latinos express physical or mental health symptoms
can affect diagnosis and treatment and may be an underlying factor in these
project will help increase our understanding about how Latinos view mental
illness and how these beliefs influence their decisions to seek care. This
knowledge will improve our ability to develop culturally competent practices
that can reduce mental health disparities that negatively affect Latinos,” Mora
plans to survey 140 Latinos aged 55 or older about their attitudes and beliefs
toward depression and their own mental health.
is significant information needed by all providers to ensure positive health
outcomes and helps to address mental health disparities, especially within the
context of demographic changes affecting Texas and the nation at large,” said
Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., the foundation’s executive director.
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The Hogg Foundation was created in 1940 by the children of former Texas
Governor James S. Hogg, and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community
Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. The foundation advances
recovery and wellness in Texas by funding mental health services, policy
analysis, research, and public education.
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