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Vietnamese Americans and Depression: A Health and Mental Health Concern

TitleVietnamese Americans and Depression: A Health and Mental Health Concern
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsLeung, P, Cheung, M, Cheuug, A
JournalSocial Work in Mental HealthSocial Work in Mental Health
Volume8
Pagination526-542
ISBN Number1533-2985
KeywordsAdult, Age Factors, Aged, Chi Square Test, Convenience Sample, Cross Sectional Studies, Cultural Sensitivity, Culture, Demography, Depression -- Etiology, Depression -- Symptoms, Depression -- Therapy, Descriptive Statistics, Employment Status, Family Relations, Female, Help Seeking Behavior, Human, Logistic Regression, Male, Marital Status, Mental Health Services, Middle Age, Sex Factors, Socioeconomic Factors, Surveys, T-Tests, Texas, Vietnamese -- Texas
AbstractThis study focused on factors contributing to depression and help-seeking preferences among Vietnamese Americans. Survey results from 572 Vietnamese Americans showed depression prevalence at 30.2%. Those with depressive symptoms tended to be female, unmarried, unemployed, experiencing family relationship concerns, health issues, or income losses. Seeking help from mental health professionals was the least preferred treatment. Logistic regression analysis predicted that each unit increase in physical health concerns on a four-point scale raised the likelihood of Vietnamese Americans having depressive symptoms by 67.3%. This study provides evidence-based data to support the use of culturally relevant treatment that is integrated with health-focused family services and religious consultation.