Asian and Pacific Island American students' acculturation and etiology beliefs about typical counseling presenting problems

Brent Mallinckrodt, Sho Shigeoka, Lisa A. Suzuki

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Asian American Pacific Island college students (N = 93) completed measures of acculturation and mental health worldview, in the form of beliefs about the likely causes of 24 typical counseling presenting problems. A criterion sample of 27 staff from 2 university counseling centers reported their beliefs about the most likely cause of the same 24 problems for a typical client. A response similarity index was calculated, with higher scores reflecting greater similarity between student and counselor mental health worldviews. Results suggest that higher acculturation was associated with greater level of match between the students' etiology beliefs and those of counselors. The greatest differences were observed for serious personal problems, whereas there was more belief convergence about causes of academic problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-238
Number of pages12
JournalCultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005



  • Acculturation
  • Asian American/Pacific Island college students
  • Counseling
  • Etiology beliefs
  • Worldview

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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