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Adolescence. 2002 Spring;37(145):69-82.

Difficulties and coping strategies of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean immigrant students.

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Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York 10027, USA. cy101@columbia.edu

Abstract

An exploratory study was conducted to investigate mental health concerns and coping strategies in a sample of 274 Chinese, Japanese, and Korean immigrant junior high and high school students. Participants responded to two open-ended questions relating to difficulties associated with coming to the United States and attendant coping strategies. Data were coded into several categories, and chi-square and logistic regression analyses were conducted. Results indicated that the most common problem across all three Asian immigrant groups was communication difficulties. The most frequently reported coping strategy was the use of social support networks. In addition, Japanese students were more likely to experience interpersonal problems than were their Chinese and Korean counterparts. Korean students tended to utilize religious practices as a coping strategy more than did Chinese and Japanese students. The implications for research and counseling are discussed.

PMID:
12003292
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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