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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Through a Cultural Looking Glass: Improving Services for Diverse Youth and Families

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Session Number: 11 Room: Salon C

Presentation Type: symposium

Chair: Larke Nahme Huang Discussant: Kana Enomoto

Synopsis: Behavioral health services continue to confront challenges in providing effective care for ethnically, racially and culturally diverse youth and families. The pathway to care and the structure of interventions must take into consideration unique help-seeking patterns. This presentation will address three important, yet under-researched, issues: youth and family engagement in ethnic-specific mental health services; an empirically supported intervention for intercultural family conflict and acculturation stress; and intergenerational care-giving and service utilization. Three researchers will discuss their services and intervention research focusing on Asian American and other ethnically diverse populations. A discussant will address implications for policy and practice.

Date: Monday, March 5, 2007

Session Time: 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Strengthening Intergenerational/Intercultural Ties in Immigrant Families: A Culturally-Based Intervention

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Presenting: Yu-Wen Ying

All Authors for this paper: Yu-Wen Ying

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: The majority of Latino and Asian American children are growing up in immigrant households . In these families, acculturation conflicts often lead to family turmoil and mental health problems. Yet research has documented that these families underutilize traditional mental services due to cultural barriers. Thus, community-based, non-mental health specific services are needed to assist them. Strengthening Intergenerational/Intercultural Ties in Immigrant Families (SITIF) is a culturally-informed intervention designed to ameliorate intergenerational conflict. This presentation examines the problem, presents the SITIF intervention, and provides initial evidence of its effectiveness with Chinese American parents.

Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren in Ethnically Diverse Communities: Health Services Implications

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Presenting: Loriena Yancura ; Barbara Yee

All Authors for this paper: Loriena Yancura ; Barbara Yee

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Obtaining health care services for the rapidly growing number of children in grandparent-headed households may be problematic because many grandparents are single, female, ethnic minorities, and often do not have legal custody of their grandchildren. This study explored the health needs and services utilization of 23 culturally diverse grandparents raising grandchildren in the state of Hawaiƕi using both quantitative and qualitative interview data. Some of the grandparents reported that their grandchildren had medical problems. Surprisingly, none reported that they had foregone medical care themselves to get care for their grandchildren. Implications of these findings for health care delivery are discussed.

Predictors of Intake Attendance for Asian American Youth at an Asian-Oriented Ethnic-Specific Mental Health Program

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Presenting: Phillip Akutsu; Garyn Tsuru; Joyce Chu

All Authors for this paper: Phillip Akutsu; Garyn Tsuru; Joyce Chu

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: This study examined the relationship of demographic, clinical, and service program factors to intake attendance for 179 Asian American youth (ages 12-17 years) at an Asian-oriented ethnic-specific mental health program. The results showed younger age, urgent care status or need for the earliest intake appointment, and the assignment of the prescreening interviewer as the intake therapist increased the likelihood of intake attendance. Ethnic match with prescreening interviewer was marginally found to increase intake attendance. Implications of these findings for service improvements to Asian American youth groups will be discussed.