Date of Award
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology
A total of 98 Asian Americans completed surveys which consisted of a demographic questionnaire, the Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Acculturation Scale (SL-ASIA), the Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Psychological Help Scale (ATSPPHS), and the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised (SCL-90-R). Pearson correlations were conducted between acculturation and the four subscales of the ATSPPHS, acculturation and somatization as indicated by the somatic items on the SCL-90-R, and somatization and the four subscales of the ATSPPHS. Significant negative correlations were found between acculturation and somatization, and somatization and the interpersonal openness subscale of the ATSPPHS. A significant positive correlation was also found between acculturation and the interpersonal openness subscale of the ATSPPHS. These findings suggest that more highly accultu rated Asian Americans tend to be more open in discussing interpersonal problems with a mental h ealth p rofessional and tend to report less somatic complaints. Less acculturated Asian Americans, however, do not tend to be as open in discussing interpersonal problems with a mental health professional and report higher numbers of somatic complaints.
Wong, Natasha A. E., "Acculturation in Relation to Somatization and Mental Health Attitudes Among Asian Americans" (1997). Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). 132.