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Cultur Divers Ethnic Minor Psychol. 2014 Jan;20(1):98-106. doi: 10.1037/a0033351. Epub 2013 Aug 5.

Internalized model minority myth, Asian values, and help-seeking attitudes among Asian American students.

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Department of Psychology, Seattle Pacific University.
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School of Business and Economics, Seattle Pacific University.

Abstract

The present study examined cultural factors underlying help-seeking attitudes of Asian American college students (N = 106). Specifically, we explored internalized model minority myth as a predictor of help-seeking attitudes and tested an intrapersonal-interpersonal framework of Asian values as a mechanism by which the two are related. Results indicated that internalized model minority myth significantly predicted unfavorable help-seeking attitudes, and emotional self-control mediated this relationship. Interpersonal values and humility were nonsignificant mediators, contrary to our hypotheses. The findings suggest that the investigation of internalized model minority myth in help-seeking research is a worthwhile endeavor, and they also highlight emotional self-control as an important explanatory variable in help-seeking attitudes of Asian American college students.

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10.1037/a0033351
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