Psychology of Asian American Older Adults: Status, Challenges, and Strengths

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Abstract

This chapter discusses the major challenges to the maintenance of mental health in the Asian American older adult population. Major points of discussion focus on the stigmatization of and lack of knowledge about mental health disorders and the underutilization of mental health services. Familial support, religion/spirituality, and peer support and social networks are also presented as major strengths, which contribute to the resilience exhibited by older Asian Americans. It begins with an overview of the demographic characteristics of the population and followed by the prevalence rates of mental disorders most commonly found in several older Asian American groups.