Many Vietnamese American immigrants experienced major mental health risks prior to resettlement in the United States, including the trauma of civil war, communist reeducation camps, the boat-person experience, and lengthy detention in refugee camps. As a result, Vietnamese Americans are more likely to rate their mental health status as poor or fair compared to members of other Asian subgroups. A review of the literature indicated that there are many barriers to Vietnamese American mental health service utilization, ranging from language mismatched service providers to cultural stigma.
The proposed program’s goals are to increase mental health service utilization among Vietnamese Americans who reside in Orange County, California, particularly Little Saigon, by means of mental health awareness and destigmatization. Mental health literacy pamphlets and fliers will be dispersed at various popular congregation areas, including shopping malls, schools, community centers, religious centers, and at significant cultural events such as the Tet Festival. The program will also disseminate digital video content featuring popular local celebrities providing mental health information.
The actual submission of the grant was not a requirement for completion of the thesis project.
|Commitee:||Brocato, Jo, Chambers, Ruth M.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Media, Mental health stigma, Mental illness, Orange County, Vietnamese American, Vietnamese immigrants|
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