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

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posted on 01.04.2013, 00:00 authored by David MellorDavid Mellor, L Carne, Y C Shen, M McCabe, L Wang
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.

History

Journal

Journal of cross-cultural psychology

Volume

44

Issue

3

Pagination

352 - 364

Publisher

Sage Publications

Location

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

ISSN

0022-0221

eISSN

1552-5422

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal