Attitudes toward seeking therapy among Puerto Rican and Cuban American young adults and their parents
Abbreviated Journal Title
Int. J. Clin. Health Psychol.
Therapy; Social Stigma; Mental Illness; Puerto Ricans and Cuban; Americans; Descriptive study; NATIONAL-COMORBIDITY-SURVEY; COLLEGE-STUDENTS ATTITUDES; R; PSYCHIATRIC-DISORDERS; MENTAL-HEALTH-SERVICES; UNITED-STATES; ACCULTURATIVE STRESS; POSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS; SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS; PSYCHOLOGICAL HELP; ETHNIC DISPARITIES; Psychology, Clinical
Puerto Rican and Cuban American young adults and one of their parents (mother or father) completed the Beliefs toward Mental Illness Scale, the Stigma Scale for Receiving Psychological Help, the Attitudes toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale-Short Form, and additional measures. Among parents, but not young adults, the more they believed there is social stigma attached to those with mental illnesses and that mental illnesses are untreatable, the less likely they would seek therapy for emotional problems. The young adults were significantly less likely than their parents to perceive those with mental illnesses as dangerous, lacking social skills or being stigmatized, and were more open to seeking therapy. For young adults and parents, increases in acculturation toward the United States culture were significantly associated with less pejorative attitudes toward mental illness and therapy. Other findings and recommendations for therapists treating Puerto Rican and Cuban American clients are provided.
International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology
"Attitudes toward seeking therapy among Puerto Rican and Cuban American young adults and their parents" (2011). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 1828.