Current Studies

 

NEW STUDY: The Discrimination and Coping (DISCO) Study

 

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Other Research Projects

The Culture & Family Processes Lab is currently focused on 3 broad domains:

1) Emotion Regulation within Cultural and Familial Contexts

We are interested in understanding the cultural, familial, and social contexts of emotion regulation in adolescents and young adults.

Anger Regulation in Korean American Adolescents
This NIMH-funded study investigated the influence of culture on various family processes and adolescents’ anger regulation and subsequent internalizing and externalizing symptoms among Korean American adolescents.

Emotion Regulation and Psychological Adjustment in College Students
This study investigated how cultural variables and family processes influence emotion regulation and mental health outcomes (specifically, depressive symptoms and substance use) of Asian American and European American college students.

The Multi-site University Study of Identity & Culture (MUSIC)
Broadly, the goal of this multi-site study (involving over 30 colleges and universities across the U.S.) is to understand how family functioning, identity, religiosity, and spirituality are related to adjustment and to drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and other risk taking behaviors in college students from different universities and from different ethnic groups. (PI: Dr. Seth Schwartz, University of Miami).  

We are using this dataset to investigate emotion regulation within cultural and familial contexts as well as culture and family processes in immigrant populations.

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2) Culture and Family Processes in Immigrant Populations

We are also examining how cultural adaptation and family processes contribute to mental health outcomes among immigrant youth and young adults.

Testing the Acculturation Gap—Distress Hypothesis
This study investigated (based on the NIMH funded project cited above) whether or not the parent-adolescent acculturation gap is associated with youth externalizing and internalizing symptoms.

The Multi-site University Study of Identity & Culture (MUSIC)
Broadly, the goal of this multi-site study (involving over 30 colleges and universities across the U.S.) is to understand how family functioning, identity, religiosity, and spirituality are related to adjustment and to drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, and other risk taking behaviors in college students from different universities and from different ethnic groups. (PI: Dr. Seth Schwartz, University of Miami).  

We are using this dataset to investigate emotion regulation within cultural and familial contexts as well as culture and family processes in immigrant populations.

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3) Stigma & Sociocultural Influences on Beliefs about Mental Illness and Treatment

Finally, we are investigating ways how individuals’ beliefs about the etiology of mental illness and treatment are influenced by stigma and other sociocultural influences. The aim of this research is to help reduce mental health disparities, especially in terms of underutilization of mental health services Asian Americans.

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