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Lee M , Takeuchi D , Gellis Z , Kendall P , Zhu L , Zhao S , Ma GX
The Impact of Perceived Need and Relational Factors on Mental Health Service Use Among Generations of Asian Americans
J Community Health. 2017 Aug;42(4) :688-700
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The present study examined generational differences in the patterns and predictors of formal and informal mental health service utilization among a nationally representative sample of 1850 Asian Americans from the National Latino and Asian American Study. We focused on the effects of perceived need and relational factors on service utilization among 1st-, 1.5-, and 2nd-generation Asian Americans. Results of hierarchical logistic regression showed significant intergenerational differences. Specifically, 1.5-generation Asian Americans exhibited distinctive pattern of service use, with perceived need being associated with a higher likelihood of using formal mental health services, but only for those with high level of social support. First- and second-generation Asian Americans, on the other hand, perceived need was independently associated with formal service use, and a significant predictor of informal service use for first generation. Greater family conflict was also associated with greater use of formal and informal services for both first- and second generations. However, family cohesion was associated with only informal service use among first -generation Asian Americans. Implications for mental health service policy were discussed.
1573-3610 Lee, Minsun Takeuchi, David Gellis, Zvi Kendall, Philip Zhu, Lin Zhao, Shanyang Ma, Grace X Journal Article Netherlands J Community Health. 2017 Aug;42(4):688-700. doi: 10.1007/s10900-016-0305-4.