Frustrated Latino parents with sullen teenage son

“I Don’t Understand My Children”: Addressing Acculturation Stress in Latino Families

By Carmen Valdez, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families) When many Latino immigrant parents say, “I don’t understand my children!” they are often using the statement literally and figuratively. Many Latino immigrant parents experience a break down in family communication because they only speak Spanish and their children only speak English.  The […]

Asian American family

How Do Family Expectations and Stress Affect Asian American Mental Health?

“I’m so glad to be alive. Every day we are seeing Asian Americans die because of lack of services, stigma and suicide.”   Can Truong spoke those words at APA’s recent Ethnicity and Health Series community forum – “Great expectations: Exploring family dynamics and stress among Asian and Asian American populations” cosponsored with the DC […]

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Mind the Gap: How Generational Differences Affect the Mental Health of Asian American Families

By Matthew Miller, PhD (Asst. Professor – University of Maryland, College Park) What do the words “generation gap” mean to you? For many people, “generation gap” conjures up memories of conflict with their parents over differences in music tastes, career choice, political affiliation, lifestyle choices, etc. However, for many Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander […]