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Authors

Karen LinFollow

Faculty Sponsor

Ann Fronczeck

Abstract

Despite being one of the fastest growing minorities of the United States, Asian Americans are most at risk for developing mental disorders and least likely to seek professional help. With a significant portion of the United States represented by Asian ethnicities, addressing the mental health needs of this population is not only important but necessary to advance the overall health of all Americans. The purpose of this paper is to describe the influences of cultural norms and standards that increase risk factors for poor mental health outcomes and negative help seeking attitudes in first generation Asian American college-aged females. These influences include: cultural beliefs, school-related peer relationships, and familial relationships. The paper also will conclude with a discussion about some potential strategies to improve overall health of Asian American female college students, such as the increased utilization of treatment services, and implications for future research study.

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