Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/21538
Title: Seeking help for psychological distress in urban china
Authors: Chen, J 
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Journal of community psychology, 2012, v. 40, no. 3, p. 319-341 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Community Psychology 
Abstract: 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.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/21538
ISSN: 0090-4392
DOI: 10.1002/jcop.20513
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