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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160972
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Help-seeking behaviors among Korean Americans with depression or anxiety
Abstract:
Help-seeking behaviors among Korean Americans with depression or anxiety
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2010
Author:Lee, KyungHee
P.I. Institution Name:University of Illinois at Chicago
Title:Health Systems Science
Contact Address:845 S. Damen Ave. MC 802, Chicago, IL, 60612, USA
Contact Telephone:847.521.0984
Co-Authors:K. Lee, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago , Chicago, IL;
Aims: Korean Americans (KAs) are known to underutilize mental health services in spite of their high level of depression; however there is limited information about available alternative health care options for KAs. The purpose of the study was to identify KAs' help seeking behaviors for their unmet mental health needs with nationally representative KA samples. Methods: Secondary data analysis used national survey data "Disparities in Quality of Health Care" conducted in 2001. A weighted sample of 316 KAs was selected from the data. Results: 19% of the KAs were identified as depressed or anxious by a health care provider in the past five years; compared to non-depressed KAs, depressed KAs reported significantly lower general health status. Depressed KAs were more likely to show delayed help-seeking, self-help, and alternative care use such as herbal medicines or traditional healers, whereas non-depressed KAs were frequently dependent on informal help such as family and friends. The strongest predictor of both delayed help seeking behaviors and alternative care use among KAs was Korean language use. Conclusions: KAs with depression or anxiety depended more on self-help and alternative care. Furthermore linguistically isolated Koreans were identified as the most vulnerable population; insufficient English proficiency was the strongest barrier to health service utilization in a timely manner among KAs. The findings demonstrate the need of linguistic support in a mental health care service for KAs.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHelp-seeking behaviors among Korean Americans with depression or anxietyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160972-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Help-seeking behaviors among Korean Americans with depression or anxiety</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Lee, KyungHee</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Illinois at Chicago</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Health Systems Science</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">845 S. Damen Ave. MC 802, Chicago, IL, 60612, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">847.521.0984</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">klee44@uic.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">K. Lee, College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago , Chicago, IL;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Aims: Korean Americans (KAs) are known to underutilize mental health services in spite of their high level of depression; however there is limited information about available alternative health care options for KAs. The purpose of the study was to identify KAs' help seeking behaviors for their unmet mental health needs with nationally representative KA samples. Methods: Secondary data analysis used national survey data &quot;Disparities in Quality of Health Care&quot; conducted in 2001. A weighted sample of 316 KAs was selected from the data. Results: 19% of the KAs were identified as depressed or anxious by a health care provider in the past five years; compared to non-depressed KAs, depressed KAs reported significantly lower general health status. Depressed KAs were more likely to show delayed help-seeking, self-help, and alternative care use such as herbal medicines or traditional healers, whereas non-depressed KAs were frequently dependent on informal help such as family and friends. The strongest predictor of both delayed help seeking behaviors and alternative care use among KAs was Korean language use. Conclusions: KAs with depression or anxiety depended more on self-help and alternative care. Furthermore linguistically isolated Koreans were identified as the most vulnerable population; insufficient English proficiency was the strongest barrier to health service utilization in a timely manner among KAs. The findings demonstrate the need of linguistic support in a mental health care service for KAs.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:13:48Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:13:48Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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