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Utilization of western medical and mental health services among Chinese-American elderly

TitleUtilization of western medical and mental health services among Chinese-American elderly
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsChung, WSing Wa
UniversityChung, Walter Sing Wa: Southern Illinois U Carbondale, US
Accession NumberDissertation Abstract: 1999-95014-164
Keywords*Chinese Cultural Groups, *Health Care Utilization, *Mental Health Services, Developmental Psychology [2800], Human Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), us, utilization of western medical & mental health services, Chinese-American elderly
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to investigate the utilization of western medical and mental health services by Chinese American elderly. Some major areas examined in this study were: (a) the kinds of western health services that have been utilized by Chinese American elderly, and (b) the willingness of Chinese American elderly to use western health services and how it is affected by both structural and cultural factors. A total of 173 Chinese American elders in California, Missouri and Pennsylvania were surveyed. Results indicated that subjects utilized western physician and dental services more frequent than other medical health services. About 35% of them used both western and traditional Chinese health care services. They rarely used mental health services, except for the religious counseling. The subjects also reported that they were more willing to use western medical health services than mental health services. Convenience, language and cost all positively affected the utilization of western health care services among the subjects. But only convenience and language were significant predictors of subjects' willingness to use western health care services. For cultural factors, strong social support and longer stay in the U.S. were positively correlated with subjects' willingness to use western mental health services. Implications of the findings were discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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