Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Child maltreatment among Asian Americans: A content analysis of existing literature
by Hom-Hyvonen, Kandace, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 89; 1523250
Abstract (Summary)

The intent of this content analysis was to gain a better understanding of child maltreatment among Asian Americans. Asian Americans are a diverse group of individuals but are often classified into one large category due to common origins in Asia and the Pacific Islands and other similarities. In this analysis, Asian Americans are defined as immigrants, refugees, or American-born individuals of Cambodian, Chinese, Hawaiian/Pacific Island, Korean, and Vietnamese ethnic origin.

Results of this analysis indicated that physical abuse is most common among Asian American families. While studies suggest that numerous risk factors may contribute to maltreatment among Asian American children, there appeared to be no one particular cause. Cultural values and practices were also highlighted in many studies. This emphasized the significance of cultural awareness and sensitivity when working with this particular population as traditional customs can be misinterpreted as forms of maltreatment. Protective factors were also identified and similarly showed that not a sole factor decreased the likelihood of child maltreatment. The analysis also discussed the various services utilized by Asian American children and their families who experienced maltreatment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Santhiveeran, Janaki
Commitee: Brocato, Jo, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Social work, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Child maltreatment
Publication Number: 1523250
ISBN: 978-1-303-20714-3
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