Stigma toward mental illness : a cross-cultural comparison of Taiwanese, Chinese immigrants to Australia and Anglo-Australians

Mellor, David, Carne, Lucy, Shen, Yu-Chun, McCabe, Marita and Wang, Liwei 2013, Stigma toward mental illness : a cross-cultural comparison of Taiwanese, Chinese immigrants to Australia and Anglo-Australians, Journal of cross-cultural psychology, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 352-364.

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Title Stigma toward mental illness : a cross-cultural comparison of Taiwanese, Chinese immigrants to Australia and Anglo-Australians
Author(s) Mellor, David
Carne, Lucy
Shen, Yu-Chun
McCabe, Marita
Wang, Liwei
Journal name Journal of cross-cultural psychology
Volume number 44
Issue number 3
Start page 352
End page 364
Total pages 13
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2013-04
ISSN 0022-0221
1552-5422
Keyword(s) stigma
mental illness
culture
China
Australia
Summary This study investigated the relationship between culture and attitudes toward mental illness. In total, 196 men and 347 women were recruited from Australia and Taiwan. All participants completed a questionnaire assessing their attitudes toward mental illness. Australian-born Chinese and Chinese immigrants to Australia also completed a questionnaire assessing cultural values. Chinese immigrants to Australia and Taiwanese held more stigmatizing attitudes than Australian-born Chinese and Anglo-Australians. Australian-born Chinese adopted Australian cultural practices more than Chinese immigrants, but these groups did not differ in terms of adherence to Chinese cultural practices. The adoption of Australian cultural practices was significantly associated with lower stigmatizing attitudes. These findings reveal the influence of culture and acculturation processes on stigmatizing attitudes toward the mentally ill.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051474

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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