Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Latinos' attitudes towards receiving mental health services
by Zavala, Maria, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 57; 1472385
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the attitudes and stigma associated with receiving mental health services among Latino adults living in the United States. The study also examined factors associated with underutilization and early termination of mental health services among Latinos living in the United States, as well as barriers that might be preventing service utilization. A quantitative descriptive research design was used for this study and the sample recruited for this study was composed of 23 female and 24 male participants attending voluntary adult education classes through a non-profit organization program in Orange County.

The results of this study indicated statistically significant differences in levels of stigma associated with seeking professional mental help among Latinos with different country of origin. Those who reported Mexico as their country of origin scored significantly higher than other Latino groups. There were no statistically significant difference in the level of concern with self-regard, satisfaction, and confidence by country of origin, number of years lived in the United States, marital status, or level of education among this sample. However, there were gender differences (24.80 for males compared to 21.75 for females) with men having higher levels of concern with their self-regard, satisfaction, and confidence associated with seeking professional mental help.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Social work, Hispanic American studies
Publication Number: 1472385
ISBN: 978-1-109-47733-7
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