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Attitudes toward Seeking Mental Health Services among Chinese Immigrants: A Grounded Theory Approach
by Chang, Jo Wainin, Ed.D., Argosy University/Washington DC, 2008, 122; 28094174
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to explore (with a sample of Chinese female immigrants) Chinese immigrants’ perceptions of why they are reluctant to seek mental health services. Grounded theory was used to conduct this research study. Through in- depth interviews, observations, and a focus group, the researcher gathered empirical materials, formed concepts and themes, compared that with more data, and generated three new theories to provide deeper insights into cultural beliefs and attitudes toward seeking mental health services among Chinese immigrants. The researcher recommended further studies be conducted to gain a better understanding of why Chinese immigrants are reluctant to seek mental health services: (a) A further similar study using different criteria (including male and female) should be undertaken among Chinese immigrants who have sought mental health services. Data from the proposed study could be compared and contrasted with data from this study, and (b) a systematic examination should be undertaken to assess mental health professionals’ multicultural competency when working with Chinese clients. Recommendations should be made to increase this competency.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sutter, Judith
Commitee: Bhalla, Mukul, Nevins, Vince
School: Argosy University/Washington DC
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-A 82/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Asian American Studies, Mental health
Keywords: Chinese immigrants, Grounded theory, Qualitative research
Publication Number: 28094174
ISBN: 9798664790627
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