Adolescent depression in Vietnamese migrant families in Australia

Bui, Thi Bach Yen (2008) Adolescent depression in Vietnamese migrant families in Australia. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University.


Due to rapid transitions of life events, changes in essential relationships, low self esteem and conflict within the family, depression can impact on adolescents in Vietnamese migrant families in Australia (Beyer & Reid, 2000, as cited in Tran, 2003). These adolescents may suffer from depression due to their reactions to cultural conflicts they experience in adapting their traditional family values into the context of Australia society (Vu, 2006). This depression can lead to serious drug abuse and suicidal ideation (Greenfield at al, 2006; Webber, 2002). In this context, this thesis discusses impact of the high expectations in maintaining Vietnamese traditional values in migrant families, and how this can affect adolescents' psychological well being. Therefore, as this thesis clearly implicates that the conflict between Vietnamese cultural values and Australian cultural values are associated with Vietnamese adolescent depression, a greater understanding of the specific needs of Vietnamese adolescents will assist counsellors and health professionals to provide more effective interventions during their treatment process.

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Master of Counselling

Item type Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Communication and the Arts
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Keywords adolescence, migrants, teenagers, families, family relations, counselling, ethnic indentity, cultural assimilation
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