Asian-Americans as a group have lower rates of contemplating and attempting suicide than the national average. But according to University of Washington research, American born Asian-American women are more likely to think about and attempt suicide than the general population. Almost 16 percent of Asian-American women born in the U.S. have contemplated suicide in their lifetimes, compared to 13 percent of all Americans.
Researchers used a modified version of a World Health Organization questionnaire to assess whether and at what age people had suicidal thoughts, made suicide plans or attempted suicide. Participants included 600 Chinese, 520 Vietnamese, 508 Filipinos and 467 other Asians, including Japanese, Koreans and Asian Indians.
Lead author of the study, Aileen Duldulao, and blogger Jen Wang spoke to Michel Martin on the NPR program Tell Me More yesterday. “Asian-Americans come from an achievement-oriented culture. Failure is not an option. And I think that the flip side of that is that mental health disorders and mental illness are seen as failure, and so – and seeking treatment is seen as failure,” said Wang. Duldulao added that, “We need to look at those particular behaviors within a culture that – an American and Western culture that, you know, hyper-sexualizes Asian-American women.”
I would like to know how the numbers for Asian-American women compare to the numbers for non-Asian-American women.
What do you think?