Asian American Psychology: The Science of Lives in Context

Pages: 223
Item #: 431678A
ISBN: 978-1-55798-902-4
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Copyright: 2003
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Asian Americans are proportionally the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. Over the past 30 years, Asian American psychology has been an emerging field, with an increasingly complex and sophisticated research base. Until recently, much of the work in the field has proceeded without a theoretical or methodological framework. Asian American Psychology offers such a framework for the conceptual and methodological development of Asian American psychology and provides future research directions by experts in the field.

The book demonstrates that Asian American are a heterogeneous group that must be understood in context, with multiple racial, ethnic, gender, and cultural identities. Conceptual and methodological models highlighted in this volume contribute parallel advances not only in the psychological studies of other ethnic minority groups but in the psychological research of an increasingly multicultural and increasingly global American population.

Table of Contents


—Stanley Sue


Introduction: The Who, What, and How of Asian American Psychology
—Sumie Okazaki and Gordon C. Nagayama Hall

  1. Beyond Questionnaires: Conceptual and Methodological Innovations in Asian American Psychology
    —Sumie Okazaki
  2. Why and How Researchers Should Study Ethnic Identity, Acculturation, and Cultural Orientation
    —Jeanne L. Tsai, Yulia Chentsova-Dutton, and Ying Wong
  3. Perspectives on Asian American Development
    —Lynn Okagaki and Kathryn E. Bojczyk
  4. Aging and Asian Americans: Developing Culturally Appropriate Research Methodology
    —Gayle Y. Iwamasa and Kristen H. Sorocco
  5. Career Psychology of Asian Americans: Cultural Validity and Cultural Specificity
    —Frederick Leong and Erin Hardin
  6. Culture-Specific Ecological Models of Asian American Violence
    —Gordon C. Nagayama Hall
  7. Methodological Issues in Multiracial Research
    —Maria P. P. Root

Epilogue: Toward the Future of Asian American Psychology
—Gordon C. Nagayama Hall, Sumie Okuzaki, and Donna K. Nagata

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Gordon C. Nagayama Hall is professor of psychology at the University of Oregon–Eugene. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1982. He was previously a professor of psychology at Kent State University and the Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include the cultural context of psychopathology, particularly sexual aggression. Dr. Hall has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health to study culture-specific models of men's sexual aggression and to study monocultural versus multicultural academic acculturation. He recently coauthored Multicultural Psychology (2002) with Christy Barongan. Dr. Hall was president of the American Psychological Association's Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45) and has received the Distinguished Contribution Award from the Asian American Psychological Association.

Sumie Okazaki received her PhD from the University of California–Los Angeles, in 1994. From 1995 to 1999 she was an assistant professor of psychology and Asian American studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since 1999, she has been an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. She is on the editorial board of the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. She has received a Mentored Career Development Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, and an Early Career Award for Distinguished Contribution from the Asian American Psychological Association. In her research she uses a multimethod approach to examine emotions and emotional distress among Asian Americans.

Reviews & Awards

The editors here provide a valuable addition to the rapidly developing literature on Asian American psychology. This work provides a snapshot of the emerging science of Asian American psychology and suggests a framework for its future conceptual development…Overall, the work is an insightful, rigorous contribution to the study of this expanding, heterogeneous, youthful, and continuously changing segment of the North American population.
—Choice Magazine