Psychosocial Aspects of the Asian-American Experience

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Discover intervention strategies for issues affecting Asian Americans! This important book examines the childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and aging stages of Asian Americans to help researchers and practitioners offer better services to this ethnic group. Psychosocial Aspects of the Asian-American Experience will help you understand the ethnic and cultural diversity within the Asian-American population and offers both quantitative and qualitative research that may impact social policies and social services for Asian Americans. Representing Chinese, Japanese, Filipinos, Koreans, Asian Indians, Vietnamese, Hmong, Cambodians, and native-born Hawaiians, this helpful book covers a wide span of individual ethnic identities in order to represent the scope of the Asian-American subculture. The topics and problems examined in Psychosocial Aspects of the Asian-American Experience include: ethnic identity, acculturation, and cultural orientation psychological adjustment of adoptees attitudes and behavior of adolescents regarding academic achievement social network composition depression and other mental health problems dating violence and domestic abuse substance abuse aging In addition to analyzing these problems, this book also presents culturally competent intervention strategies to assist human services practitioners in offering their clients relevant services that are appropriate for their ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. This book is also a valuable resource for researchers, policymakers, and graduate students and faculty members in the areas of social work, sociology, psychology, and ethnic studies.

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Alfreda P. Inglehart
This book represents the direction in which research on diverse populations should continue to move. . . . A significant contribution to knowledge and research on Asian Americans in the United States. Each chapter is a snapshot into the complex, and often ignored, world of Asian Americans.
Examines the childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and aging stages of Asian Americans in order to help researchers and practitioners understand the ethnic and cultural diversity within that population. The 17 contributions cover a wide span of individual ethnic identities and offer both quantitative and qualitative research on ethnic identity, acculturation, and cultural orientation; psychological adjustment of adoptees; attitudes and behavior of adolescents regarding academic achievement; social network composition; depression and other mental health problems; dating violence and domestic abuse; substance abuse; and aging. Edited by Choi (social work, Portland State University). The cloth edition is quite poorly bound; therefore, it would be better for libraries to buy the paper edition ($39.95) and bind it. Co-published simultaneously as , v.3, no. 3/4, 2001. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Asian Americans in the Twentieth Century 7
Adoptive Parents and Identity Development for Chinese Children 19
Asian American Adolescents' Academic Achievement: A Look Behind the Model Minority Image 35
Depression Level in Inner-City Asian American Adolescents: The Contributions of Cultural Orientation and Interpersonal Relationships 49
Causal Modeling Predicting Psychological Adjustment of Korean-Born Adolescent Adoptees 65
Network Composition, Social Integration, and Sense of Coherence in Chinese American Young Adults 83
Cultural Orientation of Hmong Young Adults 99
Filipino American Dating Violence: Definitions, Contextual Justifications, and Experiences of Dating Violence 115
"Being Indian," "Being American": A Balancing Act or a Creative Blend? 135
The Current State of Mental Health Research on Asian Americans 159
Is an Independent Self a Requisite for Asian Immigrants' Psychological Well-Being in the U.S.? The Case of Korean Americans 179
Model Minority Demystified: Emotional Costs of Multiple Victimizations in the Lives of Women of Japanese Descent 201
Acculturation, Premigration Traumatic Experiences, and Depression Among Vietnamese Americans 225
Somatic Complaint and Social Suffering Among Survivors of the Cambodian Killing Fields 243
Culturally Competent Substance Abuse Treatment for Asian/Pacific Islander Women 263
Stress, Coping, and Depression Among Elderly Korean Immigrants 281
Diversity Within Diversity: Research and Social Work Practice Issues with Asian American Elders 301
Index 321
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