Mental Health of Asian American Caregivers of Family Members With Severe Mental Illness

Juliann Li Verdugo, Hans Y. Oh, Yuri Jang

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Within the general population, caregivers of individuals with severe mental illness experience considerable mental health burdens. Less is known about these burdens among Asian Americans, who frequently serve as primary caregivers of family members in accordance with cultural values of familism and interdependence. Asian American caregivers experience severe stigma regarding mental health issues as well as other barriers to care, often resulting in decreased help-seeking behaviors and poorer mental health. Given a paucity of research, the authors systematically reviewed the literature on mental health outcomes among Asian American caregivers. This column offers policy and practice suggestions for supporting the mental health of Asian American families affected by severe mental illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1100-1103
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2023


  • Asian Americans
  • Asians
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Families of the mentally ill
  • Racial-ethnic disparities
  • Severe mental illness


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