July 1, 2018

Depression and Help-Seeking Among Native Hawaiian Women

Van M. Ta Park, PhD, MPH; Joseph Keawe’aimoku Kaholokula, PhD; Puihan Joyce Chao, PhD; and Mapuana Antonio, MA, DrPH

Pending PubMed Central Publication
The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research

The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to gain insight about Native Hawaiian (NH) women’s experiences with, and viewpoints of, depression and help-seeking behaviors (N = 30: 10 from the university and 20 from the community). More women reported depression in the interviews than through their Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) responses. Quantitative data revealed 57% of the women had ever received mental health help (80% of university vs. 45% of community sample). There was a range of satisfaction reported for various types of mental health care, with satisfaction being the highest for spiritual/religious advisor/folk healer. During the interviews, one woman reported that she is currently receiving professional care and five women are seeking help from their family/social network. Future research should explore reasons for the differences in the quantitative and qualitative findings regarding depression and associated help-seeking as well as in the satisfaction levels by type of help-seeking.

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