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Model minority stereotype; Asian American college students--Psychology; Academic achievement;


Previous studies have centered on Asian Americans and the negative effects of the model minority myth; however, there is limited literature on the impact of this myth has on those who have internalized it in higher education setting. Scholars have found that Asian American students tend to experience higher rates of stress due to high expectations that have been determined as a result of the minority myth and how it influences students' expectations of academic performance, which ultimately affects their academic stress. Included in this report are implications for student affairs, limitations and the future research recommendations.

This study utilized a mixed-methods sequential design including Yoo et al.'s (2010) Internalization of the Model Minority Myth survey (IM-4), And and Huan's (2006) Academic Expectations Stress Inventory and individual interviews with the researcher. Based on the findings, it is implied there is a correlation between higher amounts of internalization and higher amounts of academic stress for Asian American students.

Keywords:model minority myth, Asian American students, academic stress

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Educational Psychology, Foundations, and Leadership Studies

First Advisor

David Schmid, Chair, Thesis Committee

Date Original


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