The AWARE study seeks to improve the mental and sexual health of Chinese-American, Vietnamese-American or Korean-American young women in a manner that is sensitive to their unique cultural experiences and challenges. It is comprised of group therapy sessions, as well as encouragement through daily secure text messages, called “AWARE Stories.” This intervention is integrative, holistic, and innovative. It is being developed by Boston University, School of Social Work and is funded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). (Funding number: 1R34MH0999-01A1)
AWARE grew out of stories we heard from Asian American young women – diverse individuals who are traversing two worlds (the mainstream American culture & their parents’ culture) while navigating the challenges of young adulthood. Despite the adversities many of them have faced & their on-going struggles, they are a group of vibrant, complex individuals with significant strengths. Our work is dedicated to the women we’ve interviewed, as well as all Asian American young women, with the hope that they will grasp their inherent worth & beauty, as well as grow in resilience & empowerment.