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Dissertation

Cultural mental health beliefs and attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help among Latino immigrants

1 January 2014

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between and among various culturally based explanatory models of mental illness and distress, including mystical and supernatural perspectives, and attitudes toward seeking professional psychological services among a sample of Latino immigrants living in the U.S. (N=44). Correlations between and among demographic variables and explanatory models of mental illness and attitudes toward psychological services were also examined. Culturally based explanatory models of distress were not found to significantly predict attitudes toward seeking professional psychological services among the participants. A significant, medium correlation between length of time in the U.S. and attitudes toward seeking professional psychological services was found, r(41) = -.364, p < .05. The implications of these findings for mental health services and future research are discussed.


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