Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

South Asian women's attitudes toward help-seeking behaviors
by Aggarwal, Ektha, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 113; 1517569
Abstract (Summary)

Prevalence of mental health help-seeking behaviors is highly under-researched among the South Asian women due to the high rates of stigma, shame, and lack of confidence in service institutions. Although this population is the fastest growing Asian demographic in North America, and is expected to double by the year 2025, it has been found to underutilize mental health services. Research suggests that South Asian women's attitudes toward help-seeking behaviors tend to be negative as they are less knowledgeable about mental health services than the average American. To test the negative attitudes toward mental health help-seeking behaviors, a sample of 85 South Asian women ages 30-75 were given a survey questionnaire assessing variables related to attitudes toward help-seeking and acculturation. Over half the participants reported being familiar with mental health conditions; however, they felt that psychotherapy had doubtful value. Results and social work implications in this study can enhance intervention efforts of social workers and clinicians to assist South Asian women in engaging in mental health help-seeking behaviors through outreach, education, policy and awareness of limiting stigma and shame associated with service utilization.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Meyer-Adams, Nancy
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social work, Womens studies, South Asian Studies
Publication Number: 1517569
ISBN: 978-1-267-45969-5
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