Social Anxiety and Mental Health Service Use Among Asian American High School Students

Chad Brice, Carrie Masia Warner, Sumie Okazaki, Pei Wen Winnie Ma, Amanda Sanchez, Petra Esseling, Chelsea Lynch

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Abstract

Asian American adults endorse more symptoms of social anxiety (SA) on self-report measures than European Americans, but demonstrate lower prevalence rates of SA disorder in epidemiological studies. These divergent results create ambiguity concerning the mental health needs of Asian Americans. The present study is the first to investigate this issue in adolescents through assessment of self-reported SA in Asian American high school students. Parent and self-ratings of impairment related to SA and self-reported mental health service use for SA were also measured. Asian American students endorsed a greater number of SA symptoms and scored in the clinical range more frequently than other ethnic groups. Also, Asian American and Latino students endorsed more school impairment related to SA than other ethnic groups. No differences in parent-reported impairment or service utilization were identified. Implications for future research and treatment for SA among Asian American adolescents are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-701
Number of pages9
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Volume46
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 13 2015

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Asian American
  • School screening
  • Social anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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