Premigratory expectations and mental health symptomatology in a group of Vietnamese Amerasian youth

J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1993 Mar;32(2):414-8. doi: 10.1097/00004583-199303000-00024.


This paper reports on the first phase of a prospective longitudinal evaluation of the relationship between premigratory expectations for life in the United States and postmigratory symptoms of anxiety and depression in a group of Vietnamese Amerasian youth. Premigratory expectations, as measured by an expectations questionnaire, are correlated with concurrent symptomatology assessed utilizing the General Health Questionnaire, Hopkins Symptom Checklist-25, and Vietnamese Depression Scale. Those with higher premigratory expectations tended to report fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression. Implications of these findings for future research defining the relationship between premigratory expectations and postmigratory symptoms are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology*
  • Asian / psychology*
  • Asian / statistics & numerical data
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology*
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Prospective Studies
  • Set, Psychology*
  • Social Environment
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Vietnam / ethnology