Monday, May 09, 2011

Thinking Positive Doesn't Work for Asians

Focusing on positive emotions does not help Asians cope with stress and depression, according to a survey of college students.
For European-Americans, however, the more stress and depression they felt, the fewer positive emotions they reported. The findings suggest  psychotherapies emphasizing positive emotions, which can relieve stress and depression in white populations, may not work for Asians, who make up 60 percent of the world population.

The study, published in the journal Emotion, could have implications for helping the Japanese recover from natural disasters and subsequent nuclear crisis in March, and for Chinese coping with post-traumatic stress following the 2008 Sichuan province earthquake.


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