Skultip (Jill) Sirikantraporn, PsyD, is a 2010 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Seattle.

Dissertation Committee

  • Patricia Linn, Ph.D. (Committee Chair)
  • Doni Kwak, Ph.D. (Committee Member)
  • Chikako Nagai, Ph.D. (Committee Member)


acculturation, Southeast Asian, resiliance, domestic violence

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The central purpose of this research study was to elucidate the relationship between the levels of acculturation and resilience among Southeast Asian adolescents in the U.S. who have and have not witnessed domestic violence. There is a voluminous amount of research on resilience, acculturation, and domestic violence and their impacts on adolescents. However, there is virtually no research that investigates the relationship among these three major social constructs. Previous research on acculturation, resilience, and coping abilities showed that immigrant children and adolescents who were bicultural were found to be highly adaptive in the midst of stress. No previous studies were found specifically to document witnessing domestic violence as the main risk factor or life stressor in assessing their acculturation and resilience levels. This study attempted to fill in this gap. Eighty-two Southeast Asian youth participated in this study. The participants' levels of acculturation and resilience were assessed by Suinn- Lew Asian Self-identity Acculturation Scale (SL-ASIA) and Youth Risk and Resilience Inventory (YRRI), respectively. The results confirmed previous findings regarding the relationship between the levels of acculturation and resilience. A significant curvilinear relationship between the level of acculturation and resilience was observed among the Southeast Asian adolescents. Youth who were ranked as bicultural had the highest resilience scores, compared to youth who were identified as either highly Asian or highly westernized. In addition, a significant negative relationship was found between the number of types of domestic violence witnessed and the level of resilience. Results were discussed in terms of the significant findings, clinical implications, and recommendations for future studies.