Cultural influences on depression in Korean Americans.

M. T. Kim

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Abstract

This article does not intend to simplify the emotional world of KAs, nor to generate a stereotype of cultural knowledge about KAs. A practice based on stereotypical knowledge often does more harm than good (Brigham, 1971). Cultures are not indefinitely static systems. Cultural subgroups and the dominant culture in which they reside exchange influences, which results in changing cultural pattern (DHHS, 1993). Consequently, a wide range of individual differences exists in terms of educational status, language sufficiency, acculturation status, and personalities. Although clinicians should acknowledge and be sensitive to a client's cultural background, they need to base clinical decisions on awareness of individual differences. Nevertheless, an understanding of how cultural and social forces affect the vulnerability to depression should guide practitioners in designing and implementing culturally relevant treatment regimens for all clients (Weiss, 1988). Unfortunately, critical questions, such as what specific therapies are necessary for effective treatment of Korean-American clients, has not been found in current research. Systematic and accurate data-based information about KAs are lacking. Future research into the mental health needs of KAs should include assessments of needs in order to provide a basis for planning the prevention and intervention programs to adequately meet Korean Americans' mental health needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-18
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services
Volume33
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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