ERIC Number: ED439639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
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Asian American Utilization of University Counseling Services: A Review of Current Research.
Chen, Thomas T.
This paper reviewed the current state of research literature on factors affecting utilization of university counseling services by Asian American students. The study was divided into two parts: one examined literature that focused exclusively on Asian American college students; the other explored Asian American utilization by examining studies conducted on the general population. The study found a pattern of under-utilization by Asian American students at both college and community levels. One factor contributing to this problem is a lack of culturally sensitive services. Additionally, when Asian Americans do seek assistance, the types of problems they present are often quite different from those of Euro-Americans. For example, achieving academic and vocational success is often a primary focus for Asian Americans, whereas Euro-Americans are more likely to seek help for depression and loneliness. A surprise finding of the literature is that acculturation level is not a reliable predictor of utilization. The presence of ethnically or linguistically matched therapists and the establishment of ethnic-specific services were found to have the greatest impact on increasing utilization. (Contains 23 references.) (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Information Analyses
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Note: Ph.D. Research Paper, Biola University.