Southeast Asian Families
- The spirit catches you and you fall down: A Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures
Author: Fadiman, A.
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
ABSTRACT: The tragedy of an immigrant Hmong family from Laos/Cambodia and their struggle with an epileptic child and the American medical community.
- Hmong ABC Bookstore
Type of Site: commercial
ABSTRACT: Hmong ABC is dedicated to preserving and promoting the Hmong people through large collections of Hmong arts, books and crafts.
- Working with Hmong Audiences — A Collection of Resources for Nutrition Education
Type of Site: educational
ABSTRACT: This collection of resources was gathered by a Work Group of Cooperative Extension educators from Wisconsin and Minnesota. The members of the Work Group came together to share experiences, resources and knowledge related to working with Hmong audiences in the area of nutrition education. Additional resources related to working with or teaching Hmong families and individuals are being sought and developed by members of the Work Group, and will be posted as they become available.
- Intercultural and developmental stresses confronting Southeast Asian refugee adolescents
Author: Tobin, J. J. & Friedman, J.
Journal: Journal of Operational Psychiatry Volume: 15
ABSTRACT: Explores how critical issues of adolescence (separation, identity, and sexuality) interact with critical issues of being a refugee (loss and grief, survivor guilt, trauma reactions, and cultural discontinuity) among adolescent refugees from Southeast Asia, based on the experience of the authors as Director of Training and Mental Health Specialist in a large refugee resettlement program in the US. Refugees come from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia; between one-third and one-half are ethnically Chinese. In the Southeast Asian view of the life cycle, age serves as an important social and individual organizing principle. Ss are conscious of being outside the normal ages in marrying, finishing education, getting a job, and having children. Case illustrations of how oedipal issues have been complicated by trauma reactions, survivor stress, and cultural discontinuity are given. It is suggested that cohorts of refugee children will be at risk until they reach stability in adulthood.
- Cultural factors in working with Southeast Asian refugee adolescents
Author: Lee, E.
Journal: Journal of Adolescence Volume: 11
ABSTRACT: An examination of the socio-political-cultural factors that impact the psychological development of Southeast Asian refugee adolescents reveals that these adolescents are confronted with the developmental crisis as adolescents, adjustment problems as refugees, and intercultural conflicts caused by the immense value differences between Eastern and Western cultures. In working with this population, clinicians are urged to consider the special stressors resulting from the refugee and cultural experiences. Three areas of assessment are recommended: (1) major stresses (migration, acculturation, life cycle, and family stress); (2) strengths; and (3) culturally specific responses to mental health problems. Individual, family, and group therapy modalities are suggested when working with this population.
- Southeast Asian immigrants' perceptions of good adolescents and good parents
Author: Xiong, Z. B., Eliason, P. A., Detzner, D. F., & Cleveland, M. J.
Journal: The Journal of Psychology, Interdisciplinary and Applied, Volume 139, Issue 2
ABSTRACT: The authors examined the extent to which Southeast Asian immigrant parents and adolescents agree on what it means to be a "good" parent and a "good" adolescent. Thirty-six parents and 37 adolescents of Cambodian, Hmong, Lao, and Vietnamese descent participated in a series of focus groups. Content analyses of their discussions showed that good adolescents were obedient, helpful around the house, and respectful to parents and elders, and good parents were those who provide for, nurture, and monitor children's activities. The findings suggest that ideas about good parents and good adolescents are influenced by both the parents' traditions and by adolescents' acculturation to American values.
- The longitudinal effect of intergenerational gap in acculturation on conflict and mental health in Southeast Asian American adolescents
Author: Ying, Y-W., & Han, M.
Journal: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Volume 77, Issue 1
ABSTRACT: This longitudinal study examined the intergenerational gap in acculturation, subsequent conflict, and their mental health consequences in Southeast Asian American adolescents. It was hypothesized that perceived intergenerational discrepancy in acculturation during early adolescence would predict intergenerational conflict in late adolescence, which, in turn, would increase depressive symptomatology in late adolescence. Using data from the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (A. Portes & R. G. Rumbaut, 2001; R. G. Rumbaut, 1994), 490 Southeast Asian American adolescents in 8th and 9th grades completed surveys and again 3 years later. The results supported the hypothesis and showed that intergenerational/intercultural conflict fully mediated the longitudinal effect of perceived intergenerational discrepancy in acculturation on depressive symptomatology. Recommendations for community-based interventions for both parents and youth are offered.