Do Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Treatment Vary With Underlying Mental Health?

Adam I. Biener & Samuel H. Zuvekas
A long line of studies document substantial and persistent racial and ethnic disparities in the use of mental health services. Many recent studies follow the Institute of Medicine’s definition of disparities, adjusting only for differences in health and mental health status across groups. However, controlling for mental health may mask important changes in the magnitudes of disparities at different levels of mental health need. We extend the previous literature by explicitly estimating how differences in...
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