Assessment of Mental Health Language Literacy among Cambodian (Khmer) communities: A scoping review of literature


Rearthraiy Lee

Faculty Mentor(s)

Tishra Beeson (Public Health)


The Cambodian (Khmer) community continues to face significant language disparities and inequalities in the field of mental health. In this theme of mental health, it is established that there are multiple explanations for the stagnant progress in language accessibility and health literacy. To further identify and analyze details and results that may assist in this improvement of better serving the elderly in these communities, we will use a scoping literature review. Here, we will use this scoping literature review to draw conclusions from existing U.S. academic journal studies and articles through scientific libraries and sites. These studies and articles are of observational, epidemiological, cross-sectional, and experimental studies that focus on post-traumatic stress (PTSD), major depression, and anxiety. Data obtained, illustrates the ongoing gaps of cross-cultural language, including policies and community issues that may exacerbates progress in the field of mental health.Contrary to what is assumed about language accessibility and health literacy in the mental health field, the demand for resources of inclusive language is rising with the ever changing environment. Findings and results on this scoping literature review are ongoing and forthcoming.

Keywords: language and health literacy; cross-cultural inclusiveness; mental health



1 thought on “Assessment of Mental Health Language Literacy among Cambodian (Khmer) communities: A scoping review of literature”

  1. This was a very interesting presentation. I didn’t know much about Khmer communities and refugees in the USA, so it was really interesting to learn more about the accessibility issues they face. This is an important issue and I’m glad you’re bringing attention to it and making suggestions to address the needs.


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