Culturally attuned engagement: a qualitative analysis of social service providers in community based organizations serving Chinese, Vietnamese, and Cambodian immigrant populations

Yasui Miwa*, Choi Yoonsun, Chin Marshall, Samuels Gina Miranda, Karen Kim, Victorson David

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Abstract

Evidence remains limited on culturally competent practices that enhance the engagement of Asian American immigrants in mental health services. This study examines engagement practices by social service providers in community-based organizations, using secondary qualitative data from six provider focus groups (N = 47) and five Chinese, Vietnamese, and Cambodian immigrant client focus groups (N = 36). Thematic analysis revealed that culturally attuned engagement involved provider (a) practice wisdom and (b) practice behaviors calibrated to the unique illness experiences of individual clients. The findings illuminate how cultural competent practice manifests in real-world contexts where providers encounter culturally anchored yet uniquely individualized illness experiences of Asian American immigrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Asian immigrants
  • cultural attunement
  • cultural competence
  • cultural models of illness
  • mental health stigma
  • treatment engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education

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