Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Informal Mental Health Help-Seeking Behaviors Among Asian American College Students
by Xing, Josie, M.P.H., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 109; 27832732
Abstract (Summary)

The model minority stereotype and Asian cultural values stigmatize mental health difficulties and mental health treatment seeking. As such, Asian/Asian Americans (AAs) may not seek out treatments despite psychological distress. One population at-risk for experiencing negative outcomes due to delayed, or no, treatment is AA college students. To date, research has explored factors that influence formal help-seeking (e.g., therapy, counseling) for mental health needs among AA college students. However, little is known regarding the prevalence and correlates of informal help-seeking behaviors (e.g., peers, roommates, family member, significant other) among AA college students. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to examine informal help-seeking for mental health difficulties among the AA college student population. Secondary data from The Healthy Minds Study 2017-2018 was analyzed using both descriptive statistics and logistic regression. Results showed mental health symptoms were prevalent among AA college students. A greater presence of informal mental health help-seeking behavior was found compared to formal mental health help-seeking. Perceived self-stigma, perceived need, knowledge/awareness of outreach campus services, belief in efficacy for medication, belief in efficacy of therapy, peer/family use of services were significantly associated with Any Informal use. Findings provided a more complete understanding of service utilization and may help to facilitate prevention and intervention efforts among AA college students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bavarian, Niloofar
Commitee: Johnson, Amber, Chun, Chi-Ah
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Health Science
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Public health, Multicultural Education, Higher education, Educational psychology, Mental health
Keywords: Asian american, College student, Help seeking, Informal mental health, Model minority myth
Publication Number: 27832732
ISBN: 9798672124599
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