Disability Beliefs and Help-Seeking Behavior of Depressed Chinese-American Patients in a Primary Care Setting

Kenny Kwong, Henry Chung, Karen Cheal, Jolene C. Chou, Teddy Chen

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In this study the authors assessed the effects of disability beliefs, conceptualization and labeling of emotional disabilities, and perceived barriers on help-seeking behaviors among depressed Chinese Americans in a primary care setting. Forty-two Chinese Americans participated in semistructured interviews using established psychological measures and open-ended questions adapted from the Explanatory Model Interview Catalogue. The authors found that care utilization appears to be complicated by somatization of emotional problems, variations in causal attribution to depression, barriers to receiving mental health care, and the burden of comorbid physical conditions. Their findings highlight the importance of addressing these issues and educating patients about body-mind dialectic common to depression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-99
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2012



  • Chinese Americans
  • barriers
  • depression
  • disability beliefs
  • help-seeking behavior
  • somatization
  • stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sociology and Political Science

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