Breaking the Silence: Applying and Extending the Theory of Situational Support to Understand Mental Health Services Use Among Chinese Immigrants in the United States

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Abstract

Statistics show that Chinese immigrants are less likely to use mental health services compared with other racial/ethnic groups. By conducting a nationwide survey (N = 421), this study applies the theory of situational support to examine how the 2 primary barriers to mental health service use (i.e., social stigma and normative beliefs) affect Chinese immigrants’ psychosocial responses toward the problem, which may ultimately lead to their behavioral reactions. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6220-6241
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
Volume14
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • immigrant health
  • mental health
  • social stigma
  • the theory of situational support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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