The role of faith-based organizations in the depression care of African Americans and Hispanics in Los Angeles Article

Dalencour, M, Wong, EC, Tang, L et al. (2017). The role of faith-based organizations in the depression care of African Americans and Hispanics in Los Angeles . PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, 68(4), 368-374. 10.1176/

cited authors

  • Dalencour, M; Wong, EC; Tang, L; Dixon, E; Lucas-Wright, A; Wells, K; Miranda, J



  • Objective: This study examined use of depression care provided by faith-based organizations (FBOs) by African Americans and Hispanics and factors associated with the receipt of such care, including mental illness severity and use of traditional mental health services. Methods: The study used baseline data from the Community Partners in Care study, a group-randomized trial comparing a community-partnered approach with a technical-assistance approach to improving depression care in underresourced communities in Los Angeles. A sample of 947 individuals (48% African American, 27% non-U.S.-born Hispanic, 15% U.S.- born Hispanic, and 10% non-Hispanic white) were surveyed about recent visits to a religious or spiritual place and receipt of FBO depression care. Descriptive analyses compared racial-ethnic, sociodemographic, and health service use variables for three groups: those who did not attend a religious place, those who attended a religious place and did not receive FBO depression services, and those who received FBO depression services. Multinomial logistic regression was used to identify predictors of receipt of FBO depression care. Results: A larger proportion of African Americans and non-U.S.-born Hispanics received FBO faith-based depression services compared with non-Hispanic whites and with U.S.-born Hispanics. Receipt of FBO depression services was associated with younger age, lifetime diagnosis of mania, use of primary care depression services, and receipt of a mental health service from a substance abuse agency. Conclusions: FBO depression services were used in the community, especially by persons from racial-ethnic minority groups. Collaborative efforts between FBOs and traditional health services may increase access to depression services for African Americans and Latinos.

publication date

  • April 1, 2017

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start page

  • 368

end page

  • 374


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