Symptoms of anxiety and associated risk and protective factors in young Asian American children

Keng Yen Huang, Sabrina Cheng, Esther Calzada, Laurie Miller Brotman

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Anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health problems in young children but there has been a dearth of studies focusing on Asian American children. This study examines the patterns and the predictors of childhood anxiety and related symptoms in young children in a diverse Asian American (ASA) sample (n = 101). Findings indicate that ASA children are at higher risk for anxiety, somatization, and depressive problems than their peers. Parents' level of acculturation (i.e., American identity, English competence), parental negative emotion socialization, conflicted parent-child relationship, child emotional knowledge and adaptive skills, as well as teachers' ethnic background and school class types were all associated with ASA children's anxiety. A combination of cultural, family, and school factors explained from 17 to 39 % of the variance in anxiety symptoms. Findings inform prevention services for young ASA children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-774
Number of pages14
JournalChild Psychiatry and Human Development
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • Acculturation
  • Anxiety
  • Asian American
  • Parenting
  • Risk factor
  • Somatization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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