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Record identifier : 567375
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : D'Alessandro, Christine Batarseh
Title and statement of responsibility : Arab American women living in the San Francisco Bay Area: A study of their attitudes and beliefs towards psychotherapy [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : California Institute of Integral Studies, 2006
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : Psy.D
Body granting the degree : , California Institute of Integral Studies
Summary or Abstract : The present study examines the attitudes and beliefs towards psychotherapy of a primarily Christian sample of Arab American women, age 18 years and older, living in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. This is the first study to look at attitudes and beliefs of Arab American women and their help-seeking behaviors. To date, there have been no published studies focusing exclusively on the help-seeking behaviors and attitudes of Arab American women and their utilization of psychotherapeutic services. A total of 53 Arab American women participated in this study. The study used three instruments to measure the attitudes of Arab American women towards psychotherapy. These instruments were the Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Help Scale (ATSPPHS) developed by Fischer & Turner (1970), the Arab Self-Identity Acculturation Scale (ASIAS) (adapted from the Suinn-Lew Asian Self-Identity Scale developed by Suinn, Rickard-Figueroa, Lew, and Vigil [1987]), and a demographic survey created by the researcher. The data revealed that Arab American women have positive attitudes towards psychotherapy and that their attitudes were more positive than those of other ethnic groups (Chinese-Americans, Caucasians, African-Americans). Arab American women first seek help from family and friends when they have a psychological problem. Feeling that they did not need help, cost, and mistrust of mental health professionals, especially due to lack of knowledge and understanding of cultures, were barriers to seeking psychotherapy. Also, age had a significant relationship with total attitudes as well as the subscales..
Topical Name Used as Subject : Womens studies, Psychotherapy, Minority ethnic groups, Sociology
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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