Psychiatric diagnoses and clinical characteristics of Asian American youth in children's services

Ly Nguyen, Girlyn F. Arganza, Larke N. Huang, Qinghong Liao, Hoang T. Nguyen, Rolando Santiago

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This study examined the psychiatric diagnoses and clinical characteristics of the 981 Asian American children enrolled in the first phase of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. Asian Americans were less likely than non- Asian Americans to receive diagnoses of depression and ADHD and more likely to receive diagnoses of anxiety and adjustment disorder. As compared to non-Asians, Asian Americans were significantly more likely to be rated with severe functional impairment in community role performance, self-harmful behavior, and thinking. There was also a trend for fewer externalizing behavior problems. Implications for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)483-495
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Asians
  • children
  • clinical and functional status
  • psychiatric diagnosis
  • racial and ethnic differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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