Advancing School-Based Mental Health for Asian American Pacific Islander Youth
As the mental health needs of children, adolescents, and families continue to grow, so do appropriate settings to provide prevention, early intervention, and clinical treatment. The increase of cultural, ethnic, racial, and linguistic diversity of children and teenagers creates additional challenges as well as unique opportunities. In recent years, schools have come into sharper focus in part due to high-profile incidents including bullying, suicides, and student-on-student violence including the shootings at Columbine High School and the Virginia Tech massacre. Such incidents are not necessarily new. Violence is an everyday occurrence for some, especially in urban areas of poverty, blight, unemployment, and social fragmentation. What may be striking for many are the heightened levels of violence turned toward oneself or others.
KeywordsMental Health Limit English Proficient School Mental Health Model Minority Asian American Student
The author wishes to acknowledge his daughter Rachel E. Mock for the inspiration of sample narratives reflecting AAPI home and school experiences. She is at the University of California, Irvine, majoring in Asian American Studies and Psychology. While these are actual narratives, some of the information has been changed to maintain anonymity and confidentiality.
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