Mental Health Conditions in Young Asian Adults and Motivation to Seek Counseling: A Cross-Country Study

Jingyuan SHI*, Hye Kyung Kim, Youzhen Su, Hanxiao Kong

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Abstract

Mental illness is a prevalent and pressing public health problem among the Asian population, especially among young adults. This study examined the psychosocial predictors of the intention to seek counseling based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB) and the effects of mental health conditions on the relative contributions of the TPB predictors in forming the intention among Asian young adults. The survey results in Singapore (n = 232) and Hong Kong (n = 998) revealed that attitudes, descriptive norms, and self-efficacy significantly predicted the intention to seek counseling in both Asian sites. In addition, the descriptive norms-intention association was stronger among those in a better mental health condition than among those with a worse mental health condition for both samples. The findings extend the literature on the TPB, as well as provide tailored strategies to promote counseling seeking among Asian young adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-333
Number of pages6
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume32
Issue number6-7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

User-Defined Keywords

  • Asian young adults
  • Hong Kong
  • mental health condition
  • seeking counseling
  • Singapore
  • theory of planned behavior
  • TPB

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