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Conceptualizing factors influencing the perception of barriers to mental health treatment and help-seeking behaviors among Chinese Americans


2009 2009

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Current literature. Despite being one of the fastest growing ethnic minority populations in the U.S., research shows that Asian Americans as a whole underutilize mental health treatment. Disaggregation of ethnic subgroups is imperative to identify within and between group differences in intentions to seek help and barriers to treatment. Study aims: This study examined selected personal and cultural factors hypothesized to influence attitudes towards professional mental health treatment among Chinese Americans. This study employed an experimental component with mixed qualitative and quantitative methods to explore the effectiveness of alleviating practical and cultural barriers to treatment. Results. Results of this study indicated that varied dimensions of culture (i.e., ethnic identity, acculturation, Asian values) were significantly related to different components of respondents' attitudes toward mental health treatment. Results of the experimental manipulation in which practical and cultural barriers were alleviated were related to an increased likelihood to endorse seeking professional mental health treatment. Specifically, a significant experimental group by ethnic identity interaction was found, in that groups with high ethnic identity who had cultural barriers alleviated reported the highest intention to seek psychological help. Discussion. Findings of the current study highlight that the information presented about psychological treatment to minority populations can make a difference in influencing intentions to seek help. Clinical implications include the importance of improving therapists' awareness of the types of barriers to treatment clients may perceive and how professionals can make therapy more accessible and comfortable for certain minority populations.

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Subject
Mental health;
Clinical psychology;
Experimental psychology
Classification
0347: Mental health
0622: Clinical psychology
0623: Experimental psychology
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Psychology; Barriers; Chinese; Culture; Ethnic identity; Help-seeking behaviors; Mental health treatment
Title
Conceptualizing factors influencing the perception of barriers to mental health treatment and help-seeking behaviors among Chinese Americans
Author
Liu, Wendy
Number of pages
109
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0097
Source
MAI 48/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109325218
Advisor
Margrett, Jennifer A.
Committee member
Wei, Meifen; Wickrama, K.A.S.
University/institution
Iowa State University
Department
Human Development and Family Studies
University location
United States -- Iowa
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1468111
ProQuest document ID
304901957
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304901957
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