A risk profile predicting psychological distress in Vietnamese Amerasian youth

J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1992 Sep;31(5):911-5. doi: 10.1097/00004583-199209000-00020.


The relationship between risk factors and psychological distress was examined in 161 Vietnamese Amerasian youth. Background factors such as a history of missing school, frequent hospitalizations, and previous refugee camp experience distinguished those with higher levels of anxiety and depression. This study provides support for attempts to link specific risk factors with increased levels of psychological distress in immigrant populations. Confirmation of the predictive power of these risk factors awaits completion of a longitudinal study following the Ameriasians as they resettle in the United States.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Asian
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Adjustment
  • Transients and Migrants / psychology*