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Mejorando matrimonios: Relationship Education as a Vehicle to Overcome Barriers for Hispanic Couples.

Publication Year: 
2014
Personal Author: 
Gutierrez, Daniel,
Barden, Sejal M.
Tobey, Marisol H.
Journal Article
Page Count: 
8

Researchers have indicated that Hispanic couples and families experience high rates of mental health issues; however, they tend to underutilize mental health services due to cultural and structural barriers. One potential vehicle to overcoming barriers to mental health treatment for Hispanic couples is through engaging in marriage and relationship education (MRE). MRE, an empirically supported educational intervention, has been found to be effective for Hispanic couples. However, proper application of MRE warrants cultural sensitivity. To this extent, the purpose of this article is to provide an overview of barriers to mental health treatment and suggest several cultural considerations when facilitating MRE for Hispanic couples. (Author abstract)