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J Behav Health Serv Res. 2018 Jul;45(3):454-468. doi: 10.1007/s11414-017-9584-5.

Depression and Help-Seeking Among Native Hawaiian Women.

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1
School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems, University of California at San Francisco, 2 Koret Way, San Francisco, CA, 94143-0608, USA. van.park@ucsf.edu.
2
Department of Native Hawaiian Health, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, USA.
3
Dimensions Center, Central, Hong Kong.
4
Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, USA.

Abstract

The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to gain insight about Native Hawaiian (NH) women's experiences with, and viewpoints of, depression and help-seeking behaviors (N = 30: 10 from the university and 20 from the community). More women reported depression in the interviews than through their Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) responses. Quantitative data revealed 57% of the women had ever received mental health help (80% of university vs. 45% of community sample). There was a range of satisfaction reported for various types of mental health care, with satisfaction being the highest for spiritual/religious advisor/folk healer. During the interviews, one woman reported that she is currently receiving professional care and five women are seeking help from their family/social network. Future research should explore reasons for the differences in the quantitative and qualitative findings regarding depression and associated help-seeking as well as in the satisfaction levels by type of help-seeking.

PMID:
29280087
DOI:
10.1007/s11414-017-9584-5

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