Mental health service seeking among Korean international students in the United States: A path analysis

Eun Jeong Lee, Nicole Ditchman, Mandy W.M. Fong, Lauren Piper, Maia Feigon

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Abstract

South Koreans represent the third largest group of international students in the United States, yet little is known about their help-seeking behaviors, nor how these behaviors might be influenced by Asian cultural values. The purpose of this study is to (a) explore the effects of public stigma, self-stigma, and attitudes associated with seeking counseling services on the relationship between cultural values and willingness to seek counseling services and (b) develop a more culturally sensitive help-seeking model based on modified labeling theory. Participants included 177 Korean international students in the United States. Results indicated that the effect of cultural values on mental health service-seeking behaviors is mediated by one's perception of public stigma toward counseling services, self-stigma, and attitudes toward counseling services among Korean international students. Implications for developing outreach programs to promote help-seeking behaviors among Asian international students are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)639-655
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

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