Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

What is the Relationship Between Acculturation and Professional Help-Seeking Attitudes in 2nd Generation South Asian Women?
by Sandhu, Jasper Jessie, Psy.D., Alliant International University, 2012, 58; 3518061
Abstract (Summary)

The relationship between acculturation and professional help-seeking attitudes in second-generation South Asian women was explored using an interpretive phenomenological analysis and personal accounts. This study sought to understand both core cultural values and behavioral aspects of acculturation and their impact on attitudes towards mental health services using a thematic, qualitative analysis. The researcher conducted semi-structured interviews with eight second-generation South Asian women between the ages of 14-45 residing in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California whose parents immigrated from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, or Bangladesh. The results of the study indicated that there are strong connections between levels of acculturation, cultural value conflict, and help-seeking attitudes. More acculturated individuals tended to endorse greater cultural value conflict and expressed more positive professional help-seeking attitudes. Important clinical implications that arose partially from the current research study and from the existing literature include; a critical need to develop culturally-appropriate models of care transcending the traditional western paradigm, promoting outreach focusing on increasing awareness of services and psychological issues, and emphasizing a need for training more South Asian clinicians who provide a cultural insider perspective for clients.

Key Words: acculturation, cultural values, help-seeking attitudes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Curtis-Boles, Harriet
Commitee: Dixit-Brunet, Aparna, Singh, Nira
School: Alliant International University
Department: San Francisco, CSPP
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 73/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Acculturation, Cultural values, Help-seeking attitudes
Publication Number: 3518061
ISBN: 9781267488329
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