The taboo of mental health problems, stigma and fear of disclosure among Asian international students: implications for help-seeking, guidance and support

Nicola A. Cogan, X. Liu, Y. Chin-Van Chau, S.W. Kelly, T. Anderson, C. Flynn, L. Scott, A. Zaglis, P. Corrigan

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Abstract

The current study explored the understandings and experiences of Asian International Students (AISs) in terms of mental health, disclosure and help-seeking within Higher Education (HE) in Scotland, UK. A qualitative study using individual semi-structured interviews with AISs (n=20) was used and an inductive thematic approach to analysis was conducted. Three major themes were developed: (1) Negative beliefs, stigma and fear of judgment, (2) Adaptation and acculturation difficulties, and (3) Barriers in communication, social disconnection and loneliness. Supporting AISs involves challenging negative judgements surrounding mental health, increasing mental health literacy and addressing barriers in overcoming adaptation, acculturation and communication difficulties that may inhibit disclosure and help-seeking behaviour. The need for culturally sensitive mental health practitioners and awareness of diverse understandings of mental health issues is essential to improving supports and services for AISs
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Early online date8 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • mental health
  • Asian international students
  • acculturation
  • help-seeking
  • disclosure
  • stigma
  • psychological support

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