Learning Objective 1: identify gender difference in geographical distribution among individuals with mental disabilities
Learning Objective 2: identify geographical effect on gender differences in accessing mental health services
Methods: This study used multiple data sources: (1) the 2000 U.S. Census data to identify subjects with mental disabilities as a proxy for needing mental health services; and (2) mental health provider information obtained from state licensing agencies to identified active licensed mental health care providers, including psychiatrist, advanced practice psychiatric mental health registered nurses, licensed psychologist, licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors and licensed family therapists, within the target areas.. Individuals with mental health needs of both genders as well area social economic status were identified in each census tract. The prevalence rates of mental disability for each gender were calculated and compared. Zip codes of eligible mental health providers were geocoded into census tracts within the target area to create a visual presentation of distribution comparisons between individuals needed mental health services in relation to the geographical distribution of providers.
Results: In Fulton County, both males and females with a mental disability are more likely to be in the areas where they have less mental health care providers while females with a mental disability tend to be in the areas where they have less mental health care providers within
Conclusion: There is an indication of greater difficulty in accessing mental health services by people with a mental disability, especially among the female population in
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