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Article: Building a model for encouraging help-seeking for depression: a qualitative study in a Chinese society

TitleBuilding a model for encouraging help-seeking for depression: a qualitative study in a Chinese society
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd.. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpsychol
Citation
BMC Psychology, 2014, v. 2, article no. 9 How to Cite?
AbstractBACKGROUND:Clinical depression has been increasingly prevalent in international health statistics but people are often found to be reluctant to seek help when they encounter depression. However, there is no general theory to explain how personal, social and cultural factors affect an individual's help-seeking intention, nor to guide the design of preventive programmes for such intention once needed.METHODS:Drawing on the theory of planned behavior, we deployed the illness narrative approach and interviewed 18 participants in Hong Kong.RESULTS:With the diverse results we gathered from the interviews, a behavioral model was built to conceptualize the interplays of various factors in shaping one's help-seeking intention and behavior for depression. Participants appeared to have a limited view of treatment options and had diverse views of the symptoms of depression, both of which profoundly affected their motivation to seek help.CONCLUSIONS:The role of family and friends and a holistic approach to mental health education were found to be particularly important for encouraging help-seeking behavior in future campaigns concerning depression.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198092
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dc.contributor.authorHui, AKYen_US
dc.contributor.authorWong, PWCen_US
dc.contributor.authorFu, KWen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-25T02:46:12Z-
dc.date.available2014-06-25T02:46:12Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationBMC Psychology, 2014, v. 2, article no. 9en_US
dc.identifier.issn2050-7283en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198092-
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND:Clinical depression has been increasingly prevalent in international health statistics but people are often found to be reluctant to seek help when they encounter depression. However, there is no general theory to explain how personal, social and cultural factors affect an individual's help-seeking intention, nor to guide the design of preventive programmes for such intention once needed.METHODS:Drawing on the theory of planned behavior, we deployed the illness narrative approach and interviewed 18 participants in Hong Kong.RESULTS:With the diverse results we gathered from the interviews, a behavioral model was built to conceptualize the interplays of various factors in shaping one's help-seeking intention and behavior for depression. Participants appeared to have a limited view of treatment options and had diverse views of the symptoms of depression, both of which profoundly affected their motivation to seek help.CONCLUSIONS:The role of family and friends and a holistic approach to mental health education were found to be particularly important for encouraging help-seeking behavior in future campaigns concerning depression.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd.. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpsychol-
dc.relation.ispartofBMC Psychologyen_US
dc.rightsBMC Psychology. Copyright © BioMed Central Ltd..-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleBuilding a model for encouraging help-seeking for depression: a qualitative study in a Chinese societyen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailWong, PWC: paulw@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailFu, KW: kwfu@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityWong, PWC=rp00591en_US
dc.identifier.authorityFu, KW=rp00552en_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/2050-7283-2-9-
dc.identifier.hkuros229599en_US
dc.identifier.volume2en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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