Asian and Asian-American youth today face a variety of stressful situations, ranging from social and familial pressures to an increasingly rigorous and competitive academic system. Furthermore, students who experience intergenerational conflicts in the home have an increased risk for psychological difficulties.
Developing students’ positive social and emotional outlook through open discussions on well-being and mental health exponentially increases levels of success in their future lives. Studies have shown that students who receive quality social and emotional support from caring adults have the potential for improved attitudes and behaviors, greater academic success, and reduced levels of emotional distress. Additionally, students who feel “listened to” by their parents and guardians are even more motivated and perform better in school when compared to those who lack these positive relationships.
Let’s Talk! is an opportunity for parents and guardians, students and other key stakeholders to explore ways of promoting both the success AND well-being of Asian and Asian-American high school and college students. Through the keynote presentation, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, they will be able to learn:
- How cultural expectations and differences manifest in daily interactions with their children
- How sound attachment and communication skills can be used to buffer stressors in their children’s lives
- How well-being and success can be promoted concurrently without sacrificing one for the other.