ERIC Number: EJ826757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
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The Relationships between Mexican American Acculturation, Cultural Values, Gender, and Help-Seeking Intentions
Ramos-Sanchez, Lucila; Atkinson, Donald R.
Journal of Counseling & Development, v87 n1 p62-71 Win 2009
This study examined the relationships between Mexican acculturation, cultural values, gender, and help-seeking intentions among Mexican American community college students. Findings suggest that as Mexican Americans lose their culture of origin and increase their generational status, their attitudes toward help seeking become less favorable. This contradicts cultural barrier theory as an explanation for underuse of mental health services by Mexican Americans. Furthermore, adherence to traditional Mexican culture and cultural values may actually encourage help seeking.
Descriptors: Health Services, Help Seeking, Mexican Americans, Mental Health Programs, Acculturation, Hispanic Americans, Mexicans, Cultural Influences, Gender Differences, Barriers, Access to Health Care, Cultural Maintenance, Community Colleges, Age Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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