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ERIC Number: EJ989992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Seeking Help for Psychological Distress in Urban China
Chen, Juan
Journal of Community Psychology, v40 n3 p318-340 Apr 2012
Based on data gathered through a household survey of 1,474 urban residents in Beijing, this study examines Chinese help-seeking behaviors in times of psychological distress and perceived barriers to seeking professional help. The results demonstrate that most respondents rely on informal means of seeking help whereas mental health and medical services are underused. The Internet has become a preferred alternative help-seeking approach, particularly among the young educated migrant population. Respondents with higher socioeconomic status are more likely to utilize professional services. The tendency to seek help informally is associated with refusal to recognize the need of professional help, whereas embarrassment and stigma are significant factors in the use of alternative services, particularly the Internet. In addition to showing a general lack of trust in professional mental health services, the more psychologically distressed subgroup also expressed concerns about the affordability of professional treatment. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China