Asian American and Pacific Islander Children and Mental by Frederick T. Leong, Linda Juang, Desiree B. Qin, Hiram E.

By Frederick T. Leong, Linda Juang, Desiree B. Qin, Hiram E. Fitzgerald

This first-of-its-kind, two-volume set examines actual, mental, social, and environmental elements that undermine―or support―healthy improvement in Asian American children.

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7 percent, and Hispanic 10 percent). Child and adolescent mental health is increasingly becoming an important issue in Asian American communities as stories have surfaced of high-achieving, “well-functioning” model students committing suicide. For example, at Cornell University, of the 14 students who committed suicide between 1997 and 2007, eight were Asian American students (who make up just 17 percent of enrollment) (Ly, 2008). Taken together, extant research has shown that despite their high aggregate level of educational achievement, Asian American students experience higher risks in their mental health than expected, indicating a paradoxical disconnect between educational achievement and mental health.

This might enhance Asian American parents’ intention to cooperate with the school. PEER FACTORS AND ASIAN AMERICAN CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH In addition to family and school, the peer context is considered another critical context of development for children and adolescents. , Roeser, Eccles, & Strobel, 1998). , 2006). , 2006), social avoidance, loneliness (Storch & Masia-Warner, 2004), depressive symptoms, and social anxiety in children and adolescents (La Greca & Harrison, 2005). Asian American children and adolescents experience both positive and negative peer relations.

Some factors underpin this challenge. , 2004). As one example mentioned by a director of an MHS center (Zher, 2007), “Usually, teachers make referrals when they see the kids acting out, using drugs, or fighting. Asian kids do not act out. They are under the radar. They don’t tell on each other, either” (p. 15). Second, Asian American parents usually associate seeking mental health service for their children with guilt and shame, which reduces parents’ sense of trust in school-based MHS and willingness to inform the school of children’s mental health problems (Ho, Yeh, McCabe, & Hough, 2007).

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