Ethnic and generational influences on emotional distress and risk behaviors among Chinese and Filipino American adolescents†
Version of Record online: 17 JUL 2006
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Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 29, Issue 4, pages 311–324, August 2006
How to Cite
Willgerodt, M. A. and Thompson, E. A. (2006), Ethnic and generational influences on emotional distress and risk behaviors among Chinese and Filipino American adolescents. Res. Nurs. Health, 29: 311–324. doi: 10.1002/nur.20146
This research was supported by a career development award NINR #K01 NR08334-02. This research was based on data from the Add Health project, a program project designed by J. Richard Udry (PI) and Peter Bearman and funded by grant P01-HD31921 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additional information on the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health can be obtained at http://www.cpc.unc.edu/projects/addhealth/.
- Issue online: 17 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 17 JUL 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 JAN 2006
- Asian Americans;
- emotional distress;
- risky behaviors;
- adolescent health
The purpose of this study was to explore ethnic and generational influences among Chinese, Filipino, and Euro American adolescents on emotional distress and risk behaviors. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted with 216 Chinese, 387 Filipino, and 400 Euro American adolescents from the National Longitudinal Study on Adolescent Health to investigate the influence of ethnicity on depression, somatic symptoms, delinquency, and substance use; and to examine the influence of generation on the outcome variables among Chinese and Filipino American adolescents. Ethnicity predicted depression and delinquency scores, while generation within ethnic groups predicted somatic symptoms and substance use. The findings diverge from theories using acculturation as an explanatory mechanism for distress and risk behaviors and underscore the importance of examining sub-groups and generations of Asian American youth. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 29: 311–324, 2006