The role of pastors in Korean American mental health

As trusted leaders of the church, pastors are often the first responders to mental health problems among congregants. This may be because few Korean Americans use professional mental health services, due to language barriers, the lack of culturally sensitive mental health providers, stigma and shame surrounding mental health, and a lack of awareness about mental health disorders and services (Lee et al., 2008).

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Stress, stress, stress: Why Korean American children are stressed

A study conducted in 2009 on 20 Korean American adolescents aged 11 to 14 and their parents gives us a glimpse as to why Korean American children are stressed. The study found that the main sources of stress for them were:  1) peer relationships, 2) being treated differently or unfairly, 3) pressure to perform well academically, and 4) strained parent-child relationships.

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