Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Exploring depression in South Asian women
by Arneja, Tina, M.S.N., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 86; 1522617
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore the meaning of depression in South Asian women living in California. Data were collected through semistructured interviews. The sample included five South Asian women, ages 45-65, which had been living in the United States for at least 5 years.

Results indicated that all the women expressed perceptions and experiences of depression to revolve around stigma, spirituality, somatic influences, coping strategies, and barriers to seeking care. The women reported a lack of culturally congruent care related to mental health care services. Health care professionals should incorporate Leininger's Trancultural Theory of Caring to implement culturally sensitive assessment tools and mental health resources for South Asian women experiencing depression.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Singh-Carlson, Savitri
Commitee: Ignat, Sharon, Wurzbach, Elke
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Nursing, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology
Publication Number: 1522617
ISBN: 978-1-303-02029-2
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