Working with Asian American youth at clinical high risk for psychosis: a case illustration

J Nerv Ment Dis. 2013 Jun;201(6):484-9. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182948084.


The idea of a clinical high risk (CHR) for psychosis has focused attention on early intervention to prevent or attenuate psychosis. However, many clinicians may still not be very familiar with the concept of CHR. Current studies have not allowed for an in-depth examination of the challenges and the strategies of working with youth from the range of racial/ethnic minority families, Asian American families in particular. The purpose of this article was three-fold. First, we critically review Asian cultural values and beliefs about mental illness, psychosis in particular, while highlighting specific challenges that Asian American families encounter. Second, we provide a clinical case to illustrate these challenges and inform clinical practice when working with Asian youth at risk for psychosis and their families. Third, practical and easy-to-follow clinical strategies are provided. Implications for clinical practice and directions for future research are presented.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Asian / psychology*
  • Attitude to Health / ethnology
  • Culture
  • Family / psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychotic Disorders / ethnology*
  • Psychotic Disorders / psychology
  • Psychotic Disorders / therapy
  • Risk Factors