American Indian Women Cancer Survivors’ Perceptions and Experiences with Conventional and Non-Conventional Mental Health Care for Depressive Symptoms


By bhadmin February 2, 2021

Despite cancer and depression being disproportionately high for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) women, such cancer survivors’ help-seeking practices and perceptions related to depression are absent in extant research. A broader context of historical oppression has set the stage for unequal health outcomes and access to quality services. The purpose of this article was to explore AI women cancer survivors’ experiences with conventional mental health services and informal and tribally-based assistance, as well as barriers related to mental health service utilization.

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