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Family Factors Related to Three Major Mental Health Issues Among Asian-Americans Nationwide

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Asian-Americans (AAs) constitute the fastest growing minority group in the USA. AAs share a common emphasis on collective cultural strengths, especially family values. Using the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS) data, this study investigated the roles of family cohesiveness, along with other cultural strength factors and negative family interactions in three psychiatric disorders. Supporting the study’s hypotheses, multivariate analyses showed that family cohesiveness was associated with a lower incidence of general anxiety disorder (GAD), while regular religious attendance was linked with a lower likelihood of having substance use disorder (SUD). Conversely, negative family interactions increased the likelihood of experiencing major depression disorder (MDD) and SUD. Whereas perceived discrimination was related to higher odds of all diagnoses, family cohesiveness moderated the relationship between discrimination and GAD. These findings suggest that family relationships play a critical role in AAs’ mental health and should be further explored through a prospective design.

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Ai, A.L., Appel, H.B., Lee, J. et al. Family Factors Related to Three Major Mental Health Issues Among Asian-Americans Nationwide. J Behav Health Serv Res (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11414-021-09760-6

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