Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders in Ethnoracial Minorities

M. Williams, B. Sawyer, M. Ellsworth, S. Singh and G. Tellawi


Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRDs) can cause considerable distress, disability, and impairment in social, occupational, and general daily functioning. Although there has been much research on OCRDs development, maintenance, and treatment there is sparse scholarship focused on OCRDs in ethnoracial minority groups. This may be due to low census of ethnoracial minorities in OCRD treatment centers, where much OCRDs literature is produced, leading to an absence of ethnoracial minorities in research studies. This chapter will review attitudes towards mental health, shame and stigma, and barriers to treatment of OCRDs in five ethnoracial minority groups, including African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, Asian Americans/Indian Americans, Native Americans/Alaskan Natives, and Arab Americans. Additionally, the current chapter will suggest implications for treatment of OCRDs within each ethnoracial minority groups based upon beliefs and attitudes towards mental health.


Reference: The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders edited by J. Abramowitz, D. McKay and E. Storch



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