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ERIC Number: ED173455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Concept of Shame and the Mental Health of Pacific Asian Americans.
Sato, Masayuki
The concept of shame may be an important factor in the low utilization of mental health services, under-employment patterns, and religious orientation of Pacific and Asian Americans (PAAs). Pacific and Asian Americans generally have high academic achievement and a low rate of crime and delinquency. Because of this, the myth of the Pacific and Asian American as the model minority with no serious problems has become widespread. Fear of "losing face" often prevents the Pacific and Asian American from seeking counseling for psychological problems until the problems are advanced. Despite high educational levels, PAAs receive lower earnings than similarly educated white males. Fear of standing out and risking unemployment often keeps the PAAs from fighting for their rights in the workplace. Even within the Asian American Protestant ethnic church it is often difficult for the PAA to share personal or family problems because of the concept of shame. Greater understanding of the concept and impact of shame may provide more insight and appreciation of the social, psychological and cultural experience of the Pacific and Asian Americans. (RLV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Ethnic and Minority Studies (7th, La Crosse, Wisconsin, May 2-5, 1979); Not available in hard copy due to reproduction quality of the original document