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dc.contributor.advisorHoward, Kimberly A. S.en_US
dc.contributor.authorLee, Yerangen_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-10-07T13:30:20Z
dc.date.available2019-10-07T13:30:20Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/38195
dc.description.abstractDespite high rates of suicide and mental health concerns (Duldulao, Takeuchi, & Hong, 2009; Kisch, Leino, & Wilverman, 2005; Lee, Park, Lee, Oh, Choi, & Oh, 2018; World Health Organization, 2019), many Asian Americans including Koreans and Korean Americans do not seek mental health services (Lam & Zane, 2004; Lee, Hanner, Cho, Han, & Kim, 2008; Markus & Kitayama, 1991; Sue, Cheng, Saad, & Chu, 2012). Especially for Koreans and Korean Americans, stigma (Masuda & Latzman, 2011) as well as cultural values (e.g., Cheng, Leong, & Geist, 1993; Cheong & Snowden, 1990; Kim & Omizo, 2003; Tracey, Leong, & Glidden, 1986) can prevent them from seeking appropriate services. The current study compares Korean, Korean American, and non-Korean emerging and young adults’ mental health literacy (Jorm, Korten, Jacomb, Christensen, Rodgers, & Pollitt, 1997), specifically mental health knowledge, confidence in finding appropriate mental health services, and attitudes towards mental disorders and treatment. A pilot study was conducted to tailor the Mental Health Literacy Scale (O’Connor & Casey, 2015) to answer the main research questions and examine internal consistency and validity. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to assess the differences among the sociocultural groups (i.e., Koreans, Korean Americans, and non-Asians) and investigate individual and contextual influences (e.g., age, gender, citizenship). The results demonstrated that (1) non-Asians have significantly higher mental health knowledge scores, higher self-efficacy, and less negative attitudes towards mental disorders compared to Koreans and Korean Americans and (2) there were no significant differences in the scores between Koreans and Korean Americans. The discussion section describes the importance of enhancing mental health literacy and increasing help seeking behavior for Koreans and Korean Americans and suggests cultural factors to consider in creating culturally appropriate outreach programs.en_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.subjectCounseling psychologyen_US
dc.subjectAttitudes towards mental healthen_US
dc.subjectKorean Americansen_US
dc.subjectKoreansen_US
dc.subjectMental health knowledgeen_US
dc.subjectMental health literacyen_US
dc.subjectSelf-efficacyen_US
dc.titleMental health literacy of Koreans and Korean Americansen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
dc.date.updated2019-09-29T04:00:55Z
etd.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
etd.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
etd.degree.disciplineEducationen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0002-6990-6025


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