Korean American adolescent depression and parenting.J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2008 May; 21(2):105-15.JC
Korean American adolescents tend to experience more mental health problems than adolescents in other ethnic groups.
The goal of this study was to examine the association between Korean American parent-adolescent relationships and adolescents' depressive symptoms in 56 families.
Thirty-nine percent of adolescents reported elevated depressive symptoms. Adolescents' perceived low maternal warmth and higher intergenerational acculturation conflicts with fathers were significant predictors for adolescent depressive symptoms.
The findings can be used to develop a family intervention program, the aim of which would be to decrease adolescent depressive symptoms by promoting parental warmth and decreasing parent-adolescent acculturation conflicts.