Child Sexual Abuse in Asian American Families: An Examination of Cultural Factors That Influence Prevalence, Identification, and Treatment

Kristine Toshiko Futa, Eugenia Hsu, David J. Hansen

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Child sexual abuse affects thousands of families each year. Issues pertaining to the prevalence, identification, and treatment of sexual abuse have been relatively well explored in the literature as they pertain to the dominant European American culture. These Issues, however, are still relatively unexplored in terms of how sexual abuse affects Asian American families and the Asian American community. We review the relevant literature in Asian American families. These matters are explored in the context of Asian American values such as collectivity, conformity, inconspicuousness, middle position virtue, shame, self-control, and fatalism. Attitudes toward family, sexuality, and the mental health system are also discussed. Cultural and institutional barriers to underutilizing mental health services are also explored, and suggestions for overcoming these barriers are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-209
Number of pages21
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001



  • Asian Americans
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Cultural factors
  • Treatment barriers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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