A cross-sectional survey of 204 Asian and Asian-American students at Binghamton University, including 103 students of Chinese descent and 101 students from other Asian backgrounds, was conducted through SONA. This study aimed to investigate the perceived support and cultural barriers faced by Asian and Asian-American college students experiencing depression and anxiety symptoms. The study found that depression and anxiety symptoms were significantly correlated with cultural stigma and barriers to seeking mental health treatment. Interestingly, perceived family support demonstrated a significant negative association with depression and anxiety symptoms, whereas perceived friend support was not correlated. The study suggests there is a need to reduce barriers and stigma to mental health services including making culturally sensitive adaptations. Future studies would benefit from a larger and more generalizable sample as well as the use of qualitative data to better understand the perceived cultural barriers to mental health encountered by Asian American college students.
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Kim, Kim; Barden, Eileen; and Balderrama-Durbin, Christina, "Comparing the Impact of Cultural Factors on Mental Health Help-Seeking Among Chinese and Other Asian Background College Students with Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety" (2023). Research Days Posters 2023. 44.