Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Help a grad student--take a survey

Calling all Asian Americans (or anyone who identifies as Asian American)--a friend forwarded me this announcement and asked (on behalf of his friend) if I'd post this on my blog. So here goes--my one disclaimer is that I am not affiliated with this university in any way, shape, or form, nor do I know this grad student--her information is below if you want to be in touch with her (and of course, please do fill out the survey if you want to help her):


Subject: Survey on Asian Americans - Chance to Win $50


My name is Kathy Nguyen and I am an Asian American graduate student in Clinical Psychology. I'm conducting a research study on how parents and children relate in Asian American families when children are now adults. I am contacting you today to ask for your help in forwarding information about my study to your group members, especially alumni. This is a very important area of study that, unfortunately, has been neglected in the research. I need your help in getting the word out so that we can better understand the unique challenges for Asian American parents and their adult children.

To participate in my study, all that's required is for students to fill out a 20-minute survey that is all online and is completely anonymous. There is a chance to win 1 of 3 $50 Visa giftcards at the end of the survey. The survey can be found here: More information about my study follows below.

If students feel comfortable, it would be great if they could forward the survey to any Asians or Asian Americans they may know (e.g., siblings, friends, coworkers, group members, fraternity/sorority members) so that we can get as much input as possible from all Asian American adult children. Again, if you are still in contact with any alumni members, it would be especially helpful to get their input.

Thank you for your time. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Take care,
Kathy Nguyen

Did you know that some Asian American children may be at greater risk of experiencing conflict with their parents? Research has shown that cultural differences between parents and children may be contributors to increased conflict. Unfortunately, there is a lack of research about parent-child relationships in Asian American families, particularly when children are adults.
My name is Kathy Nguyen, and I am conducting my dissertation on parent-child relationships in Asian American families. I am contacting you to ask for Asian American adults to complete an online, anonymous survey (can be found here ), after which you will have the option to enter into a random drawing for 1 of 3 $50 Visa gift cards.
I am asking all Asian American adult men and women to participate in this study, especially if you are currently living at home with your parents, frequently make trips home, or once lived at home in the past as an adult. You are eligible to participate if you are at least 18 years of age and identify yourself as Asian or Asian American. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and asks questions about your relationship with your parents, your cultural identity, and basic demographic information. The link to the online survey can be found below.
Please be assured that your survey responses are completely anonymous. Any contact information you choose to provide for the gift card raffle cannot be linked back to your responses. After you complete the survey, you will only be contacted if you won a giftcard or if you requested more information about the study. Your contact information will not be used in any other situation and will not be passed on to anyone else. This study has been approved by the Human Subjects Review Board of the College of Sciences at Old Dominion University.
As an Asian American, you may agree that parent-child relationships are an important area of research for Asian Americans. In conducting this research, it is my hope that our findings will help improve the relationship between Asian American parents and children and the overall quality of life of Asian Americans.
The survey can be completed at the following address:
If you have any questions or comments about the study, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at I am working under the direction of Dr. Janis Sanchez, the Psychology Department Chair of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, who can be contacted at or 757-683-4439.
Thank you!

Kathy Nguyen, M.A.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student
The Virginia Consortium Program
in Clinical Psychology
(571) 236-0197


Citizen Ojo said...

thanks, I might just check it out.

Jennifer said...

Thanks Citizen Ojo--I'm sure the grad student will appreciate your feedback!