Psychometric Properties of a Mental Health Service Barrier Assessment Tool for Asian-Americans
Review TypeAbstract Review Only: Reviewed by Event Host
Repository Posting Date2012-01-11T11:13:15Z
Author(s)Bernstein, Kunsook S.
Author DetailsKunsook S. Bernstein, RN, PhD, NP, CASAC
(41st Biennial Convention) Barriers to Mental health service utilization among Asian Americans have been studied with no well tested barrier assessment instrument. The primary aim of this study is to evaluate psychometric properties of the Mental Health Service Barrier Assessment (MHSBA) instrument developed by the researchers to assess under-utilization of mental health services in 225 Korean Americans. The reliability of the instrument was high, with Cronbach's alpha, 0.93. Five distinct factors (dissatisfaction with service, lack of resources, attitude toward health care treatment, cost, and personal belief) and 3 additional clinically relevant factors (shame, family issues, and other resources) were identified. Also, the correlation between depression score and barrier score was shown to be low (r=.11), which may imply that the barrier may be a common problem irrespective of severity of depression. Additionally, the 10 most frequently selected barrier items in the MHSBA instrument were reported, while the people's belief of "mental problems are a natural part of our lives" was reported as the most common reason� (selected by 71% of the participants) for not receiving or seeking mental health services. External validation of this instrument or its utility assessment is needed in Korean and other Asian Americans in future studies.
Funder(s)Sigma Foundation for Nursing
Description41st Biennial Convention - 29 October-2 November 2011. Theme: People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Health. Held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & convention Center.
Conference Name41st Biennial Convention: People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Health
Conference HostSigma Theta Tau International
Conference LocationGrapevine, Texas USA
Date of Publication2012-01-04
NotesItems submitted to a conference/event were evaluated/peer-reviewed at the time of abstract submission to the event. No other peer-review was provided prior to submission to the Henderson Repository, unless otherwise noted.
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