ERIC Number: ED313604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Vietnamese Amerasians: Practical Implications of Current Research.
Felsman, J. Kirk.; And Others
This study was conducted to examine the experiences of Amerasians from Vietnam who resettled in the United States and to explore coping and adaptation among Vietnamese Amerasians over time. The initial data collection phase involved in-camp assessment of a randomly selected sample of Amerasian adolescents (N=259). The assessment is to be repeated post-resettlement in the United States and will serve as a baseline for all future comparisons. Subjects were administered a personal information form, the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory, the Test of Non-Verbal Intelligence, and four mental health measures: General Health Questionnaire, Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25, Vietnamese Depression Scale, and Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. The findings were consistent with earlier research reports than Amerasians do experience high levels of general psychological distress. Compared to same age Vietnamese refugee peers, Amerasians' fewer years of formal education and lower levels of both native and English language literacy were significant. The most prominent finding from the data was the high level of distress for Amerasian females. The findings revealed significant diversity in the Amerasian population. Consideration of the strengths, vulnerabilities, and needs of the family constellation as a whole, rather than of the individual Amerasian alone, is indicated. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, Ga, August 12-16, 1988).