There is little research available on Asian-Indians' attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. Further, little research is available that addresses theoretical approaches that may be effective in reducing the stigma associated with psychological help in working with this underserved population. Therefore, this study provides a preliminary means to provide marriage and family therapy to Asian Indians. A repeated-measures research method was used to examine participants' attitudes toward seeking psychological help and compare those attitudes before and after a skills-based workshop on marital communication and conflict resolution. Workshops were held in Malaysia, India, and the United States. A total of 135 Asian Indian participants, who were all married, completed surveys before participation in the workshop and again immediately afterward. The influence of attitudes on marital satisfaction was examined as well as the relationship between conflict style and attitudes and marital satisfaction. Lastly, the study looked at the type of marriage--arranged and choice--and the relationships with attitudes and marital adjustment. Analyses of the data indicated that a skills-based workshop approach was linked to improved attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. This study further examined the relationships between individual conflict styles and marital adjustment. Two conflict styles were found to have some association with marital adjustment. The results of this study have compelling implications for working with Asian Indians and other unique cultures that include an added dimension to multicultural counseling and education.
|Commitee:||Jaleel, Vijaya, Wilson, Peter|
|School:||Trevecca Nazarene University|
|Department:||Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision|
|School Location:||United States -- Tennessee|
|Source:||DAI-B 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Multicultural Education, Counseling Psychology, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Asian Indian, Attitudes, Marital counseling, Marriage counseling, Multi-cultural, Psychological help|
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