Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 393–408 | Cite as

Explanatory models of major depression and implications for help-seeking among immigrant Chinese-American women

  • Yu-Wen Ying


This study explores the explanatory models of major depression in a group of 40 recently immigrated Chinese-American women, and demonstrates the significant relationship between problem conceptualization and help-seeking behavior. Respondents are presented a vignette depicting major depression, from which they are asked to conceptualize the problem described and answer questions regarding its cause, impact and potential sources for help-seeking. Those who provide a psychological conceptualization are likely not to suggest professional services, but to turn to themselves and family and friends for assistance. On the other hand, those who hold a physical conceptualization are likely to seek out medical services. Implications for effective mental health service delivery to this population are discussed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yu-Wen Ying
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WelfareUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyU.S.A.

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