What stops Korean immigrants from accessing child and adolescent mental health services?

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dc.contributor.author Park, Chohye
dc.contributor.author Loy, Jik H
dc.contributor.author Lillis, Steven
dc.contributor.author Menkes, David B
dc.date.accessioned 2022-04-14T04:26:54Z
dc.date.available 2022-04-14T04:26:54Z
dc.date.issued 2022-12
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/58732
dc.description.abstract <jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:sec> <jats:title>Background</jats:title> <jats:p>Access to child and adolescent mental health services by ethnic minorities has been poorly studied. Despite rapid growth of the immigrant Korean population, evidence indicates that few Korean families utilise these services in New Zealand. Those that do tend to present late and with significant morbidity. We sought to understand barriers to service access from Korean parents’ perspectives.</jats:p> </jats:sec><jats:sec> <jats:title>Method</jats:title> <jats:p>Seven focus groups were undertaken with 31 Korean parents of children aged 18 and under. The focus groups were semi-structured, held in the Korean language and utilised two case scenarios of common childhood/adolescent mental illnesses around which a set of broad, open-ended questions were posed. All conversations were audiorecorded, transcribed and translated into English. Thematic analysis was conducted using NVivo software.</jats:p> </jats:sec><jats:sec> <jats:title>Results</jats:title> <jats:p>Both attitudinal and structural barriers were identified. Attitudinal barriers included attribution of mental illness to external stressors or parenting problems, social stigma, denial or normalization of children’s behaviour, fear of family disempowerment, and mistrust of public mental health services. Structural barriers included parents’ lack of information regarding available services, logistical difficulties in access, communication difficulties, concerns over the quality of translators, and cultural competence of service providers.</jats:p> </jats:sec><jats:sec> <jats:title>Conclusion</jats:title> <jats:p>Significant barriers prevent Korean immigrant families from accessing child and adolescent mental health services in New Zealand. Measures to improve access, for example by countering stigma, are urgently required.</jats:p> </jats:sec>
dc.language en
dc.publisher Springer Science and Business Media LLC
dc.relation.ispartofseries Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
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dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject 1701 Psychology
dc.title What stops Korean immigrants from accessing child and adolescent mental health services?
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.1186/s13034-022-00455-0
pubs.issue 1
pubs.volume 16
dc.date.updated 2022-03-03T23:38:29Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.publication-status Published online
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.elements-id 885109
dc.identifier.eissn 1753-2000
pubs.number 19
pubs.online-publication-date 2022-3-3


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