Absolute solitude of the alien mind : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Social Policy at Massey University

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The study adopted phenomenology in an attempt to document genuine and authentic accounts from Korean-New Zealanders who had experienced psychological distress and utilised relevant mental health support systems. Most available studies on Korean immigrants' mental health issues have been conducted in the US, and there is relatively little research on Korean-New Zealanders' experience of psychological difficulties. The study found that among the various and well-known challenges an immigration process usually entails feelings of loneliness, alienation, and isolation in particular triggered a degenerated state of mental health in Korean-New Zealanders. The study also found that contrary to the findings of previous studies, stigma and discrimination supposedly attached to mental ill-health did not play a major role in deterring Korean-New Zealanders from accessing and utilising relevant mental health services. Instead, knowledge about mental health and ill-health and information about available service facilities were found to be more pertinent in the utilisation of relevant professional help in a timely manner.
New Zealand, Mentally ill, Koreans -- Psychology