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Journal of School Counseling, v4 n20 2006

Asian American adolescents are frequently overlooked as a population in need of counseling interventions. However, cultural issues such as refugee status or the pressure of high academic achievement can influence an Asian American student's mental health. As there is a dearth of school counseling literature written about what school counselors should be aware of when working with Asian American adolescents, the purpose of this paper is to provide school counselors with knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to work with Asian American youth and families in the schools. An historical overview of Asian immigration and common cultural beliefs are discussed. A model for working with Asian American adolescents in the schools is provided as well as suggestions for counseling with Asian American adolescents.

Descriptors: Adolescents, School Counseling, School Counselors, Asian Americans, Cultural Awareness, Refugees, Intervention, Mental Health, Academic Achievement, Counselor Training, Immigrants, Immigration

Journal of School Counseling. Montana State University, College of Education, Health and Human Development, P.O. Box 172940, Bozeman, MT 59717. Tel: 406-994-4133; Fax: 406-994-1854; e-mail: ehhddean[at]; Web site:

Author: Castillo, Linda G.; Phoummarath, Marion J.



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