Korean-Americans' Knowledge about Depression and Attitudes about Treatment Options.


Journal Article

The purpose of this pilot study was to explore first-generation Korean-Americans' knowledge about depression and attitudes about depression treatment options. Self-report survey data were gathered from 73 first-generation Korean-Americans (KAs) using instruments developed for this study. The data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics including t-tests. Data indicated participants lacked knowledge about depression. Among all depression treatment options, exercise was the option that first-generation KAs were most willing to try and was rated as having the least shame attached to it. Taking an antidepressant was the option KAs reported being most unwilling to try and had the highest shame attached to it. No significant differences in knowledge about depression and attitudes about depression treatment options were found between low and high acculturation groups, with the exception that the high acculturation group demonstrated more agreement than the low acculturation group with the item that emotional symptoms, such as mood changes, can be depression symptoms. These results suggest that initiating depression treatment with exercise may be the most acceptable starting point in treating depression in first-generation KA immigrants.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kim, E; Im, E-O

Published Date

  • June 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 455 - 463

PubMed ID

  • 26241572

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26241572

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-4673

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0161-2840

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3109/01612840.2014.997846


  • eng