III. Model Minority Myth and Psychological Well-being of Asian Americans
I proposed a dual process model to study the complex consequences of endorsing model minority myth (Mahalingam, 2006). I developed a model minority myth scale to examine the role of model minority pride and pressure in shaping the psychological well-being of Asian Americans in gender-specific ways. I identified four modes of negotiating the pride and pressure (Poised, Stressed, Balanced and Energized) associated with being a model minority (for a review, see Mahalingam in press). In addition, we are examining the consequences of endorsing model minority beliefs in shaping the psychological well-being of Asian immigrants, Asian American men, women and adolescents.