Predicting attitudes towards seeking medical care among Nigerian immigrants in the UK

Onyigbuo, Chineme Christian, Alexis-Garsee, Camille and van den Akker, Olga (2018) Predicting attitudes towards seeking medical care among Nigerian immigrants in the UK. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 21 (8). pp. 810-824. ISSN 1367-4676

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Abstract

This study investigates the relationships between acculturation, religion, and coping styles; as well as their predictive potentials in relation to socio-demographic factors, on access to medical help among Nigerians in the UK. This is a cross-sectional study using questionnaires for data collection (N = 297). Results revealed negative correlations between assimilative behaviours and religious behaviours and between religious behaviours, denial and religious coping. High levels of religiosity and coping through behavioural disengagement and self-blame predicted poor attitudes to medical help; but those who used instrumental support, emotional support, and active coping showed more positive attitudes to medical help-seeking. No gender differences in medical help-seeking were found, but older people sought medical help more than those who were younger; while affiliation to the Christian religion predicted positive attitudes towards medical help seeking. These findings have implications for policy development towards tailored interventions that can enhance healthcare utilization among immigrants.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Applied Health Psychology group
Item ID: 25688
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Mental Health, Religion and Culture on 08/02/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13674676.2018.1551343
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Depositing User: Olga Van Den akker
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 11:12
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 14:21
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25688

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