Cultural Differences in Help-Seeking In South Asian Populations

UoM administered thesis: Doctor of Clinical Psychology

  • Authors:
  • Sehar Ahmed


Chapter 1 presents a narrative synthesis of the quantitative and qualitative literature exploring patterns of help-seeking and potential barriers to accessing professional help for Psychosis in South Asian populations. The narrative synthesis was prepared for publication in the Journal ‘Clinical Psychology Review’. A comprehensive literature search was conducted and identified 16 eligible studies. Each study was quality rated using a quality assessment tool. The findings indicated that South Asians turn to traditional faith based practices, professional medical help and a combination of both for psychosis. Supernatural causal beliefs, stigma and lack of confidence in medical professionals were identified as barriers to accessing professional help. Chapter 2 presents a quantitative study investigating cultural differences between South Asian and White British adolescents in their help-seeking attitudes and stigma beliefs towards Psychosis. 206 students were recruited and asked to complete questionnaires. Data from 128 participants were included in the final analysis. Findings indicated that there were no significant differences between the two groups in terms of help-seeking, but differences emerged with stigma. The clinical implications of the findings are discussed, with reference to existing literature Chapter 3 presents a critical reflection, including the evaluation and appraisal of the systematic review and empirical paper.


Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Anthony Morrison (Supervisor)
Award date1 Aug 2018