Methodological Challenges in Research on the Determinants of Minority Mental Health and Wellness

  • Peter Guarnaccia


Over the last decade, there has been an increasing focus on “health disparities” at the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Medicine, and more broadly in society (Smedley, Stith, & Nelson, 2003; USDHHS, 2001). This attention to racial and ethnic disparities has raised a number of issues concerning how we define and document a range of concepts in minority mental health and wellness research. If we are going to assess the level of health disparities, and more importantly, intervene to address them, we need to be sure that we have clearly measured those disparities, identified the groups where they occur, understood the sources of the disparities, and assessed the health care services issues that underlie them. This is no small task. The research record to date has been more effective at defining the disparities that exist than at assessing the sources of those disparities or, even less so, of developing interventions to ameliorate them.

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  1. 1.Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick

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