Factors related to help-seeking attitudes about professional mental health services among Jamaican immigrants

Cordelle B. Yorke, Dexter R. Voisin*, Donna Baptiste

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Using survey data collected from 115 first-generation Jamaican immigrants residing in New York City, this study identified factors that were associated with their attitudes toward seeking professional mental health services. Results indicated that persons reporting psychological distress, negative stigma and attributions about mental illness, and positive social support from friends were less likely than their counterparts to report positive attitudes towards professional mental health services. Implications of the study are discussed in relation to these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-304
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Social Work
Volume59
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Keywords

  • Jamaican immigrants
  • mental health service attitudes
  • psychological distress
  • social supports
  • stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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