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The Impact of Acculturation on Help-Seeking and Mental Health Among Refugees in Minnesota
Analynne Escobar, Depts. of Social Work and Psychology, with Dr. Hyojin Im, School of Social Work
This study looks at how acculturation affects mental health and help seeking attitudes among refugees in Minnesota. There is a need to address high levels of acculturative stress, mental health, and a lack of trust with human services for this population. Secondary data was utilized from the University of Minnesota Survey of Housing Questionnaire, with those identifying as Librarian, Oromo, Karen, Hmong, and Somali, for this study. A Pearson’s Correlation test was used to measure the relationship between acculturation and mental health and an independent sample t-test was used to measure the mean difference between those who responded yes and those who responded no to language being a barrier to help seeking attitudes. There was a positive correlation between anxiety/ depression and acculturation (the longer a person stays in the U.S.). Language barrier was also a predictor of the lack to seek help from social service providers.
Hyojin Im, Ph.D.
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