Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 197–212 | Cite as

Emotional and behavioral problems of Asian American adolescents: A comparative study

  • May Kwan Lorenzo
  • Bilge Pakiz
  • Helen Z. Reinherz
  • Abbie Frost
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Abstract

Social, academic, emotional functioning and social support of 99 ninth-grade Asian American students were investigated using standardized measures. When compared to 404 ninth-grade Caucasian adolescents who had attended the same school, Asian American students exhibited less delinquent behavior and performed better academically. However, they were significantly more isolated, more depressed and anxious, less apt to be involved in after school activities or seek help for their problems, and internalized their social problems. Also, they had fewer role models and less social support, underscoring the psychosocial and emotional plight of Asian American adolescents and the dire need to establish proactive outreach programs.

Keywords

Social Support Social Psychology Social Problem Behavioral Problem Role Model 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • May Kwan Lorenzo
    • 1
  • Bilge Pakiz
    • 1
  • Helen Z. Reinherz
    • 1
  • Abbie Frost
    • 1
  1. 1.Simmons College School of Social WorkBoston

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