Asian American College Students: A Case Study

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Next, we will be looking at case studies of Asian American college students and their outlook on mental health. Han and Pong (2015) looked at a previously published literature to draw conclusion on whether cultural factors like stigma, acculturation, and preference for racially/ethnically concordant counselors influences the Asian American community college students’ help-seeking behaviors. The controlled variable in the experiment was participants’ self-identified generation and subethnicity and the dependent variable was their mental health-help-seeking behavior. The research design was quantitative cross-section survey, with a survey pool of 76 students total but ten did not fit the inclusion conditions. Three classes from the community college were selected, where 50% of the participants were female and the majority subethnicities are Vietnamese, Filipino, and Chinese.
They found that 65.2% of the Asian American students at the community college (among those that they surveyed) are willing to seek help, while those who are not willing to seek
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Personal stigma is when the person is perceiving the stigma, whereas societal stigma is the outside force shaming these people for having mental illnesses. Not only are these negative stereotypes impeding the Asian American community from growing into a healthy, supportive community, but leads to exacerbating the people’s illnesses because they are not seeking for help to avoid shame and stigma. Additionally, culture norms between the two hemispheres must be expressed in the caring, because by ignoring these differences, it will only worsen the problems on how to property treat mentally ill patients. It is not just the patients that the providers have to care for, but the patients’ families as well. By helping their families understand the diagnoses, treatments, the treatment process, etc. it will help with the patients’ recovery