Asian American Stereotypes and Mental Health

Asian American women between 15 and 24 had the highest number of suicides among all U.S. women in that age group in 2003, with about 3.5 deaths per 100,000 residents, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported in 2005. And Asian American females had the second highest rate of suicide in every other age group.

Read in the article below, from which this quote was taken, how cultural stereotypes intertwine dangerously with mental health practices, putting the health of Asian American women at serious risk.

Asian Women Face "Model Minority" Pressures

The article addresses the mental health outcomes of the intense pressure to excel placed on Asian American women, which include one of the highest suicide rates in the country in certain age groups. And although this would not apply to transracial adoptive families in which the parents are white, it is nonetheless important for a-parents to recognize it as a serious issue in our children's communities.

Comments

MomEtc. said…
Thank you for posting that, Margie. I was unaware of the high suicide rate among Asian American women. The more I know about what my daughter's experience may be in this country the better I can take measures to protect her.

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