What is it about?

Over three hundred years of Spanish and U.S. American colonization of the Philippines have had profound and lasting impacts on Pilipinx and Pilipinx Americans. This systematic review examines the relationship between colonial mentality (a contemporary condition rooted in colonialism's harmful effects) and health outcomes among Pilipinx Americans.

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Why is it important?

Pilipinx Americans (PA) make up the third largest Asian American subgroup, yet continue to be disproportionately understudied compared to other Asian American groups. Findings from this systematic review show that colonial mentality is associated with adverse outcomes such as increased depressive symptoms, diminished self-esteem, and more negative attitudes toward help-seeking.


I hope this article contributes to the push for data disaggregation and the disruption of the model minority myth. I also hope that the focus on restoring kapwa inspires future scholarship to explore how we can sustain cultural continuity.

Lainey Sevillano
Portland State University

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This page is a summary of: Restoring kapwa: A systematic review of colonial mentality among Pilipinx Americans., Asian American Journal of Psychology, April 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/aap0000314.
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