Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sense of family obligation healthy for teens

Children of immigrants often excel as students because their parentshave very high expectations of them and make sacrifices to ensure theyget the best opportunities. Now a study of Chinese-American youthsshows that they have another advantage over their peers: they tend tohave better mental health than average in their mid-teens. The reasonhighlighted by the study is their sense of obligation to their families-- caring for siblings or helping elders, for example.

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