Depression and help seeking in the Sri Lankan-Australian and Anglo-Australian community: A qualitative exploration

2017-07-05T23:14:59Z (GMT) by JOSEFINE ANTONIADES
The current qualitative study examined the role of culture in the conceptualization of depression and illness behaviours in Sri Lankan migrants residing in Australia and Anglo-Australians. The specific study objectives were to investigate: Patient’s perceptions of their depression; how culture shapes illness behaviours; the influence of social networks on health care trajectories; how stigma operates across cultural groups; and to identify evidence-based interventions specifically designed to treat depression in migrant communities. Findings highlighted the necessity to shift away from a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach towards the development of programs and interventions tailored to be salient to target migrant communities.