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NCJ Number: 158640 Find in a Library
Title: Asian/Pacific Island Americans (From Reason to Hope: A Psychosocial Perspective on Violence & Youth, P 145-162, 1994, Leonard D Eron, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-158633)
Author(s): S A Chen; R H True
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: American Psychological Assoc
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Sale Source: American Psychological Assoc
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because most violence-related national data are not systematically collected on ethnic groups other than black Americans, little is known about the extent of violence against Asian/Pacific Island (API) Americans.
Abstract: The official justification by Federal and State agencies for not focusing on API Americans as a separate group has been that their numbers are too small, too diverse, and too dispersed throughout the country to make meaningful data collection possible. Further, national statistics on API homicides are difficult to interpret, since suicide and homicide rates are combined. An area that has received limited attention is the area of child and spouse abuse within API communities. Data indicate that most API abuse cases involve physical abuse and that child maltreatment is related to cultural variations in family structure, child rearing patterns, and different life experiences. Although quantitative data are not available on the extent of violence suffered by API adolescent females, anecdotal reports suggest that many are victims of stranger rape, date rape, and dating violence. In addition, the emergence of Asian youth gangs in communities with significant Asian concentrations has attracted the attention of the media and law enforcement. Literature on violence is reviewed that indicates age, educational achievement, home ownership, and place of residence are all associated with youth and adult violence and that illustrates links among gangs, weapons, drugs, and violence. The role of ethnicity in interpreting and responding to victimization is considered, knowledge gaps and research needs are identified, and public policy recommendations are offered. 59 references and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abused women; Acquaintance rape; Asian Americans; Asian gangs; Child abuse; Child victims; Cultural influences; Ethnic groups; Female victims; Homicide; Juvenile victims; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Sexual assault victims; Violence causes; Violent crime statistics
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