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.
|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|
|Keywords:||Acculturation, Cultural values, Help-seeking attitudes|
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