The influences of perceived discrimination, religious coping and personal control on psychological distress among East Asian students in the U.S.
[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This study examined the influences of perceived discrimination, religious coping, and personal control on psychological distress among 305 East Asian students in the U.S.. The results showed that variables of perceived discrimination, personal control, and psychological distress were significantly associated with each other; and personal control partially mediated the link between perceived discrimination and psychological distress. It demonstrates that experiences of discrimination undermine East Asian students' personal control in their lives and across situations, and through personal control, contributes to greater psychological distress. The moderation effect of religious coping on the link between perceived discrimination and personal control was not significant. Implications for culturally appropriate services, counseling, and research are discussed.
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