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Journal of Mental Health Counseling

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Asian Americans -- Psychology, Therapist and patient -- Social aspects, Psychology -- Research, Mentally ill -- United States


Effects of client-counselor ethnic match (i.e., match, no match) and client age group (child, adult) on counselor-evaluated Global Assessment of Function (GAF) and visitation were investigated. The sample consisted of 253 Asian-American outpatient clients (24.9% children 75.1% adults) of a community mental health center. Unadjusted results indicated that ethnically matched clients had more positive GAF evaluations and more clinic visits than nonmatched clients. When adjusted for eight covariates, results showed ethnically matched clients continued to show higher levels of visitation. Analysis of separate diagnostic categories showed that ethnically matched mood-disorder clients had higher levels of visitation. Conversely, nonethnically matched anxiety disorder clients showed higher GAF evaluations than their ethnically matched counterparts. Implications are discussed.


This is the publisher's version of the article. Permission granted from the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA).

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