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Hot Topics in Research: Acculturation, enculturation, and Asian American college students’ mental health

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Miller MJ, Yang M, Hui K, Choi NY, Lim RH. Acculturation, enculturation, and Asian American college students’ mental health and attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. J Couns Psychol. 2011 Jul;58(3):346-57. doi: https://doi.org/10.1037/a0023636. PMID: 21574693.

Abstract:

In the present study, we tested a theoretically and empirically derived partially indirect effects acculturation and enculturation model of Asian American college students’ mental health and attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help. Latent variable path analysis with 296 self-identified Asian American college students supported the partially indirect effects model and demonstrated the ways in which behavioral acculturation, behavioral enculturation, values acculturation, values enculturation, and acculturation gap family conflict related to mental health and attitudes toward seeking professional psychological help directly and indirectly through acculturative stress. We also tested a generational status moderator hypothesis to determine whether differences in model-implied relationships emerged across U.S.- (n = 185) and foreign-born (n = 107) participants. Consistent with this hypothesis, statistically significant differences in structural coefficients emerged across generational status. Limitations, future directions for research, and counseling implications are discussed.

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