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.
|Commitee:||Ignat, Sharon, Wurzbach, Elke|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Nursing, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology|
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