• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 5 comments on The Problem Parenting Behind Asian Women’s Suicide Rate

  1. Prof. Hahn and Ms. Kim are conducting important research. I was pleased to learn of it. There were two recent suicides in my greater circle, one by an Asian American girl just 15. The more we can understand the issues that lead to suicide, and how to be better parents, the more likely we’ll be to see healthy young adults leaving our nests.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment, Steve. I did attend the wake of 15 years old Korean-American girl who committed suicide at home last week in Newton, MA. It was such a tragic and surreal thing and no word can describe the loss of the beautiful young women who was a great student, promising musician, and wonderful friend. Our community will need to talk more openly about the mental health issues. Teen suicide is preventable. Reaching out for help is not a shame but a sign of strength!

  2. This research speaks to the collective struggle faced by immigrant populations in the U.S. To better understand and support the needs of Asian American young women, it seems important to consider the contextual factors that impact their parents as well as their whole families.

  3. Listening the stories of Asian American women who were either suicidal or depressed, I learned that parenting plays a pivotal role in children’s mental health. Still, there are sparse research on the contextual factors behind the disempowering parenting of immigrant parents. I hope our research can be a help in preventing disempowering parenting as well as improving mental health among Asian American women.

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