The full text of this item is not available at this time because the student has placed this item under an embargo for a period of time. The Libraries are not authorized to provide a copy of this work during the embargo period, even for Texas A&M users with NetID.
The Role of Culture in the Help-Seeking Behaviors of Filipino Americans
MetadataShow full item record
With the national population becoming increasingly diverse, there is a need for a greater understanding of the different mechanisms influencing help seeking behaviors. Particularly for Filipino Americans, who are the second largest ethnic group in the United States, not much is known about how culture is operationalized in help seeking behaviors. Less is known regarding the use of culturally-centered theories and frameworks in explaining behaviors. The present journal article formatted dissertation examines the influence of Filipino culture and how it manifests itself in the help seeking behaviors of Filipino Americans and focuses on the use of Filipino-centered theory to understand and provide context to those behaviors. Manuscript 1 is a systematic literature review to ascertain the current state of mental health research for Filipino Americans. Results uncovered a lack of theoretical backing for more than half the studies in the final sample. The final sample also indicated a need for research focusing on other mental health issues other than depression. Manuscript 2 includes a logistic regression analyses that test the value of kapwa (shared identity) and its effect on who Filipino Americans go to for help. Findings suggested that emotional support from family and friends increased the likelihood of receiving help from family and friends. Location and nativity were also significant in increasing the likelihood of receiving help from primary care and mental health providers. Finally, Manuscript 3 takes a deeper consideration of kapwa and how Filipino Americans exhibit the accommodative surface values that are indicative of kapwa. All participants exhibited the values of utang na loob, hiya, and pakikisama. However, differing levels of acculturation were found to make the balance of a Filipino heritage in an American context more difficult for some participants. Overall, findings indicate that culture should not be a factor to be controlled in studies. Ethnic groups with large immigrant subpopulations should be served with care and consideration of subconscious cultural processes. The findings also suggest more research is needed in the areas of 1) mental health status, 2) in-depth cultural exploration related to help seeking behavior, and 3) service provision.
Gabriel, Myra Gayle (2017). The Role of Culture in the Help-Seeking Behaviors of Filipino Americans. Doctoral dissertation, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from