TitleThe effects of psychoeducation at a religious institution on mental health help seeking attitudes among Chinese Americans
NameYan, Wei Yin (author), Bry, Brenna H (chair), Elias, Maurice (internal member), Harris, Sandra (internal member), Cherniss, Cary (outside member), Chiew, Yee C (outside member), Rutgers University, Graduate School - New Brunswick,
Chinese Americans—Mental health ,
DescriptionThis study looked at the effects of a 12-week psychoeducation ‘Sunday School’ course on general mental health issues on help seeking attitudes among Chinese American members of a large, dominantly Chinese American church. When compared to other Sunday School classes, and controlling for pre-course attitudes, the psychoeducation course was associated with more favorable attitudes toward mental health help seeking at the completion of the course. No difference was found between Sunday School courses in their impact on reported likelihood to seek pastoral or professional mental health help for oneself or to recommend it to others. At baseline, this study found that age, spirituality, and Asian values related to recommending that others seek help. Older participants were more likely to recommend that others seek pastoral and professional help. Spirituality was positively correlated with pastoral help seeking for self and others, and higher adherence to Asian values was positively correlated with recommendation for others to seek pastoral help. There were, however, limitations to the measures and design that reduced the chances of obtaining further findings. Future directions for Asian American help seeking research are discussed.
NoteIncludes bibliographical references
Noteby Wei Yin Yan
CollectionGraduate School - New Brunswick Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
RightsThe author owns the copyright to this work.