Engaging Asian Americans for mental health research

Challenges and solutions

Hongtu Chen, Elizabeth J. Kramer, Teddy Chen, Henry Chung

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Abstract

Asian American communities have important and unmet mental health needs, but there is comparatively little research data on process and outcomes that can guide evidence-based approaches to mental health care. This paper describes our experience of building research programs in a community-based health care facility, some of the challenges we faced, and barriers that were overcome. We have learned that a) mental health services research can be carried out in a community health center with minimal intrusion on usual patient flow; b) the effort must be shared between the health center and the community; c) barriers to participation in mental health research programs are multifactorial ranging from conceptual, cultural, and attitudinal biases to practical concerns inherent in the ethnic minority population; and d) resistance can be overcome by working with participants' cultural and social needs and using their explanatory belief models when developing and pursuing studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-116
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant Health
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Asian
  • Barrier
  • Participation
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology

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Engaging Asian Americans for mental health research : Challenges and solutions. / Chen, Hongtu; Kramer, Elizabeth J.; Chen, Teddy; Chung, Henry.

In: Journal of Immigrant Health, Vol. 7, No. 2, 04.2005, p. 109-116.

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Chen, Hongtu ; Kramer, Elizabeth J. ; Chen, Teddy ; Chung, Henry. / Engaging Asian Americans for mental health research : Challenges and solutions. In: Journal of Immigrant Health. 2005 ; Vol. 7, No. 2. pp. 109-116.
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