A Comparative Cross-Cultural Study of Depression and Help-Seeking Behavior Among Older Chinese Adults in Boston and Guangzhou, China

By Ann Roy, Marlene Cooper and Joan Lesser.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This is a collaborative pilot study with faculty colleagues from three institutions of higher education in the United States, Guangzhou Community Health Research Institute, and The Golden Age Center in the Chinese community of Boston, Massachusetts. The purpose of our study is to: (a)identify the level of depression among a small group of older Chinese adults in the Chinese American community of Boston and in Guangzhou, China (b) explore how depression is culturally defined in Boston and in Guangzhou, China and (c) explore help-seeking behavior among older Chinese adults in Boston and in Guangzhou, China. The larger goal is to lessen the severe strains experienced by older adults in present-day Chinese and Chinese American communities, and thereby enhance the quality of life for a segment of the older adult population about which little is known. The participants in our study reside in the Chinese community of Boston, Massachusetts and in the city of Guangzhou, China.

Keywords: Older Chinese Adults, Depression, Idiomatic Expressions of Depression, Help-Seeking Behavior, Comparative Pilot Study, Chinese Elders

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 7, pp.79-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 980.631KB).

Prof. Ann Roy

Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work, Springfield College, Southampton, Massachusetts, USA

I am a full professor at Springfield College School of Social Work where I teach research, social policy and gerontology. I have taught at Springfield College since 1993. Prior to 1993 I served as a Project Coordinator for a seven-year gerontology study and was affiliated with Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. I have a number of publications in refereed journals in gerontology and co-authored a text book on Advanced Generalist Practice education for graduate social work students. My educational background includes a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1973, an MSW from School of Social Work from Louisiana State University in 1980, and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Social Work in 1985. I was elected to faculty senate and will serve for two years beginning in the Fall of 2007. As well, I was recently elected to the Board of Selectmen in Southampton, Massachusetts where my interests will continue to be in serving older adults.

Dr. Marlene Cooper

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University, East Brunswick, New York, USA

I received a BA from Pennsylvania State University in 1964, an MSW from New York University School of Social Work in 1969 and a PhD from New York University School of Social Work in 1988. I am currently an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service where I have taught, conducted research and directed field internships since 1997. Prior to this time I was Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University School of Social Work between 1988-1991, and Associate Director of Admissions and Student Affairs from 1986 to 1991. My publications include a co-authored text book in clinical social work practice and numerous social work practice articles in refereed journals. My recent professional presentations have been in the area of violence, children and trauma.

Dr. Joan Lesser

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Smith College, Longmeadow, Massachusetts, USA

I received a BA in 1974 from City College of New York, graduating Summa cum laude, an MS in 1976 from Columbia University School of Social Work and a PhD in 1991 from New York University School of Social Work. I am currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College School of Social Work where I Chair the Practice Department, teach, direct field internships and conduct research. I have a number of refereed journal articles in social work practice and am the co-author of two social work practice text books. I have many years of clinical social work experience working with all populations including older adults. A major interest of mine is in the affects of violence on children and I have presented on this topic in England, Italy, Canada, Jamaica, and the United States.


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