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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.11 No.2 pp.17-40

School Counselors as Empowering Institutional Agents: Why Asian American Students See School Counselors for Academic, Social-Emotional, and College-Career Issues

Jungnam Kim1, Wendy Hoskins2, Neffisatu Dambo3, Julia Bryan4
1Department of Counselor Education, School Psychology, and Human Services, University of Nevada
2Department of Counselor Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
3Department of Counselor Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4Department of Counselor Education, The Penn State University
Corresponding Author
Jungnam Kim, Las Vegas, 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89154


This study identified the socio-demographic factors and level of risk that Asian American (AA) high school students experienced which shaped their help-seeking behaviors regarding meeting with a school counselor. Using a nationally representative sample of 937 AA high school students, multinomial logistic regression analyses revealed that specific socio-demographic factors (e.g., Asian ethnicity, immigration, first generation) and level of risk students experience (e.g., moderate level of risk, high level of risk) were significantly associated with student-counselor contact for academic, social/emotional, and college/career counseling. Implications for school counselors as empowering institutional agents are discussed.