Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Identify Health Issues for Cambodian American Youth

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Lack of data disaggregated by ethnic group and the widespread perception of Asian Americans as “model minorities” often masks the health needs of specific groups within the Asian American population. Limited research focuses on health and psychological well-being among Cambodian American youth despite risk of negative educational and behavioral outcomes as well as high levels of trauma and psychiatric symptoms among first-generation Cambodian refugee adults. This article describes the development of a health survey with Cambodian American youth using community-based participatory research (and illustrates how youth can actively engage in research to inform change in health-related programs and policies.

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