David Takeuchi


Ph.D. 1987, University of Hawaii. Social structural and cultural contexts that are associated with different outcomes especially among racial and ethnic minorities.

Department: School of Social Work
Position: Professor and Associate Dean for Research
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Research Summary:

David Takeuchi is currently Associate Dean of Research and a professor of sociology in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. His research focuses on investigating the social structural and cultural contexts that are associated with different outcomes especially among racial and ethnic minorities. One recent example of this work examines how Chinese Americans in Los Angeles, California (N=1,610) report their health problems (forthcoming in Health). The paper tests whether a greater participation in American lifestyles is linked to higher depressive symptoms but lower neurasthenia symptoms. Depression and neurasthenia represent compelling contrasts since the first is a prevalent mental health problem in the United States and the latter is a relative common health problem in China. Analyses show that stress is linked to neurasthenia symptoms but not depressive symptoms among recent immigrants. The opposite is true for more established Chinese immigrants; stress is associated with depressive symptoms but not neurasthenia. The results argue for the inclusion of multiple indicators of health and cultural expressions of distress. In addition to this study of Chinese Americans in Los Angeles, Professor Takeuchi recently completed health surveys of Filipino Americans in San Francisco and Honolulu (N=2,400). Analyses are underway to shed light on how geographic region is associated with different outcomes for a single ethnic group.

Last year, Professor Takeuchi co-chaired with Dr. Christine Bachrach a national conference to develop a research agenda on multi-level analyses. The Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) sponsored the conference and the development of the research agenda. The report, "Toward Higher Levels of Analysis: Progress and Promise in Research on Social and Cultural Dimensions of Health" is intended to forge new multidisciplinary programs that weave in the social structural, cultural, psychological, and biological factors in the study of health.

Recent Publications:

Leu, J.; Walton, E.; Takeuchi, D., (Forthcoming), Acculturation in an ecological development model: Individual differences, gender, and social context influences on immigrant mental health, American Journal of Community Psychology.

Lau, A. S.; Tsai, W.; Shih, J.; Liu, L. L.; Hwang, W.-C.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2013), The Immigrant Paradox Among Asian American Women: Are Disparities in the Burden of Depression and Anxiety Paradoxical or Explicable?, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

John, D. A.; de Castro, A. B.; Martin, D. P.; Duran, B.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2012), Does an immigrant health paradox exist among Asian Americans? Associations of nativity and occupational class with self-rated health and mental disorders, Social Science & Medicine, 75: 12, 2085-2098.

Valencia-Garcia, D.; Simoni, J. M.; Alegria, M.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2012), Social Capital, Acculturation, Mental Health, and Perceived Access to Services among Mexican American Women, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80: 2, 177-185.

Gong, F.; Xu, J.; Takeuchi, D., (2012), Beyond conventional socioeconomic status: examining subjective and objective social status with self-reported health among Asian immigrants, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35: 4.

Zhang, W.; Hong, S.; Takeuchi, D. T.; Mossakowski, K. N., (2012), Limited English proficiency and psychological distress among Latinos and Asian Americans, Social Science & Medicine Social Science & Medicine, 75: 6, 1006-1014.

Gong, F.; Xu, J.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2012), Beyond conventional socioeconomic status: examining subjective and objective social status with self-reported health among Asian immigrants, Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35: 4, 407-419.

Takeuchi, D.; Williams, D. (ed), (2011), Race and Health, Special Issue of the DuBois Review.

Alegria, M.; Chatterji, P.; Takeuchi, D., (2011), Psychiatric disorders and labor market outcomes: Evidence from the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication, Journal of Health Economics, 30: 5.

Chen, J.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2011), Intermarriage, Ethnic Identity, and Perceived Social Standing Among Asian Women in the United States, Journal of Marriage and Family, 73: 4, 876-889.

Bui, Q.; Doescher, M.; Takeuchi, D.; Taylor, V., (2011), Immigration, Acculturation and Chronic Back and Neck Problems Among Latino-Americans, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13: 2, 194-202.

Takeuchi, D.; Burton, L., Kemp, S., Leung, M., Matthews, S., (2011), Communities, Neighborhoods and Health: Expanding the Boundaries of Health, Springer, New York.

Lincoln, K. D.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2010), Variation in the trajectories of depressive symptoms: results from the Americans' changing lives study, Biodemography and Social Biology, 56: 1, 18.

de Castro, A. B.; Garcia, G.; Gee, G. C.; Tsai, J. H.; Rue, T.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2010), Smoking and the Asian American workforce in the National Latino and Asian American Study, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 53: 2, 171-178.

Gavin, A. R.; Rue, T.; Takeuchi, D., (2010), Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Association between Obesity and Major Depressive Disorder: Findings from the Comprehensive Psychiatric Epidemiology Surveys, Public Health Reports, 125: 5, 698-709.

Walton, E.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2010), Family Structure, Family Processes, and Well-Being Among Asian Americans: Considering Gender and Nativity, Journal of Family Issues, 31, 301-332.

de Castro, A. B.; Gee, G. C.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2010), Examining Alternative Measures of Social Disadvantage Among Asian Americans: The Relevance of Economic Opportunity, Subjective Social Status, and Financial Strain for Health, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 12: 5, 659-671.

de Castro, A. B.; Rue, T.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2010), Employment frustration among Asian American immigrants: Physical and mental health consequences of job denial in the U.S. labor force, Public Health Nursing, 27: 6, 492-503.

Spencer, M. S.; Chen, J.; Gee, G. C.; Fabian, C. G.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2010), Discrimination and mental health--related service use in a national study of Asian Americans, The American Journal of Public Health, 100: 12, 2410-2418.

Gavin, A.; Walton, E.; Chae, D.; Alegria, M.; Jackson, J.; Takeuchi, D., (2010), The Associations between Socioeconomic Status and Major Depressive Disorder among Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and non-Hispanic Whites: Findings from the Collaborative Psychiatric Epidemiology Studies, Psychological Medicine, 40: 1, 41-50.

Le Meyer, O.; Zane, N.; Cho, Y. I.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2009), Use of specialty mental health services by Asian Americans with psychiatric disorders, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77: 5, 1000-1005.

Chatterji, P.; Alegria, M.; Takeuchi, D., (2009), Racial/ethnic differences in the effects of psychiatric disorders on employment, Atlantic Economic Journal, 37: 3, 15.

Chang, D. F.; Shen, B.-J.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2009), Prevalence and demographic correlates of intimate partner violence in Asian Americans, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 32: 3, 167-175.

Kiang, L.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2009), Phenotypic bias and ethnic identity in Filipino Americans, Social Science Quarterly, 90: 2, 428-445.

Chen, J.; Gee, G. C.; Spencer, M. S.; Danziger, S. H.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2009), Perceived social standing among Asian immigrants in the US: Do reasons for immigration matter?, SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, 38: 4, 858-869.

Masood, N.; Okazaki, S.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2009), Gender, family, and community correlates of mental health in South Asian Americans, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 15: 3, 265-274.

Walton, E.; Takeuchi, D. T.; Herting, J. R.; Alegria, M., (2009), Does Place of Education Matter? Contextualizing the Education and Health Status Association Among Asian Americans, Biodemography & Social Biology, 55: 1, 30-51.

Yoo, H. C.; Gee, G. C.; Takeuchi, D., (2009), Discrimination and health among Asian American immigrants: Disentangling racial from language discrimination, Social science & medicine., 68: 4, 726.

Duldulao, A. A.; Takeuchi, D. T.; Hong, S., (2009), Correlates of suicidal behaviors among Asian Americans, Archives of Suicide Research, 13: 3, 277-290.

Gavin, A. R.; Chae, D. H.; Takeuchi, D., (2009), Association between family structure in childhood and lifetime depressive disorder in adulthood among a nationally representative sample of Blacks, General Hospital Psychiatry, 31, 484-493.

de Castro, A. B.; Gee, G. C.; Takeuchi, D., (2008), Workplace Discrimination and Health Among Filipinos in the United States, American Journal of Public Health, 98: 3, 520-526.

Chung, G. H.; Tucker, M. B.; Takeuchi, D., (2008), Wives' Relative Income Production and Household Male Dominance: Examining Violence Among Asian American Enduring Couples, Family Relations, 227: 12.

Chae, D. H.; Takeuchi, D.; Barbeau, E. M.; Bennett, G. G.; Lindsey, J.; Krieger, N., (2008), Unfair Treatment, Racial/Ethnic Discrimination, Ethnic Identification, and Smoking Among Asian Americans in the National Latino and Asian American Study, American Journal of Public Health, 98: 3, 485-493.

de Castro, A. B.; Gee, G. C.; Takeuchi, D., (2008), Relationship between job dissatisfaction and physical and psychological health among Filipino immigrants, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal, 56: 1, 33-40.

Yip, T.; Gee, G. C.; Takeuchi, D. T., (2008), Racial discrimination and psychological distress: the impact of ethnic identity and age among immigrant and United States--born Asian adults , Developmental Pschology, 44: 3, 787-801.

de Castro, A.; Gee, G.; Takeuchi, D., (2008), Job-Related Stress and Chronic Health Conditions Among Filipino Immigrants, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 10: 6, 551-558.

Gee, G. C.; Ro, A.; Gavin, A.; Takeuchi, D., (2008), Disentangling the Effects of Racial and Weight Discrimination on Body Mass Index and Obesity Among Asian Americans, American Journal of Public Health, 98: 3, 493-501.

Alegria, M.; Chatterji, P.; Wells, K.; Cao, Z.; Chen, C. N.; Takeuchi, D.; Jackson, J.; Meng, X. L., (2008), Disparity in depression treatment among racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States, Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 59: 11, 1264-72.

Leu, J.; Yen, I.; Gansky, S.; Walton, E.; Adler, N.; Takeuchi, D., (2008), The Association between Subjective Social Status and Mental Health among Asian Immigrants: Investigating the Influence of Age at Immigration, Social Science & Medicine, 66: 5, 1152-1164.

Chae, D. H.; Takeuchi, D. T.; Barbeau, E. M.; Bennett, G. G.; Lindsey, J. C.; Stoddard, A. M.; Krieger, N., (2008), Alcohol disorders among Asian Americans: associations with unfair treatment, racial/ethnic discrimination, and ethnic identification (the national Latino and Asian Americans study, 2002-2003), Journal of epidemiology and community health., 62: 11, 973-979.

Abe-Kim, J.; Takeuchi, D.; Hong, S.; Zane, N.; Sue, S.; Spencer, M. S.; Appel, H.; Nicdao, E.; Alegria, M., (2007), Use of Mental Health-Related Services Among Immigrant and US-Born Asian Americans: Results From the National Latino and Asian American Study, American Journal of Public Health, 97: 1, 91.

Berthold, S. M.; Takeuchi, D.; Wong, E. C.; Schell, T. L.; Marshall, G. N.; Elliott, M. N.; Hambarsoomians, K., (2007), U.S. Cambodian Refugees' Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Mental Health Problems, Psychiatric Services, 58: 9, 1212.

Cochran, S. D.; Mays, V. M.; Alegria, M.; Ortega, A. N.; Takeuchi, D., (2007), Substance Use - Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Among Latino and Asian American Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adults, Journal of consulting and clinical psychology., 75: 5, 785.

Gee, G. C.; Takeuchi, D.; Delva, J., (2007), Relationships Between Self-Reported Unfair Treatment and Prescription Medication Use, Illicit Drug Use, and Alcohol Dependence Among Filipino Americans, American Journal of Public Health, 97: 5, 933.

Evans-Campbell, T.; Lincoln, K.; Takeuchi, D., (2007), Race and mental health: Past debates, new opportunities, Mental Health, Social Mirrors, Avison, W.; McLeod, J.; Pescosolid, B., 169-190, Springer, New York.

Chatterji, P.; Takeuchi, D.; Alegria, M.; Lu, M., (2007), Psychiatric disorders and labor market outcomes: evidence from the National Latino and Asian American Study, Health Economics, 16: 10, 1069.

Nicdao, E. G.; Hong, S.; Takeuchi, D., (2007), Prevalence and correlates of eating disorders among Asian Americans: Results from the national Latino and Asian American study, International Journal of Eating Disorders, 40, S22.

Gee, G. C.; Takeuchi, D.; Spencer, M. S.; Chen, J., (2007), A Nationwide Study of Discrimination and Chronic Health Conditions Among Asian Americans, American Journal of Public Health, 97: 7, 1275.

Duan, N.; Takeuchi, D.; Alegria, M.; Canino, G.; McGuire, T. G., (2007), Methods Articles: Survey Conditioning in Self-Reported Mental Health Service Use: Randomized Comparison of Alternative Instrument Formats, Health Services Research, 42: 2, 890-907.

Takeuchi, D.; Zane, N.; Hong, S.; Chae, D. H.; Gong, F.; Gee, G. C.; Walton, E.; Sue, S.; Alegria, M., (2007), Immigration-Related Factors and Mental Disorders Among Asian Americans, American Journal of Public Health, 97: 1, 84 - 90.

Takeuchi, D.; Alegria, M.; Jackson, J. S.; Williams, D. R., (2007), Immigration and Mental Health: Diverse Findings in Asian, Black, and Latino Populations, American Journal of Public Health, 97: 1, 11 - 12.

Gee, G. C.; Takeuchi, D.; Spencer, M.; Chen, J.; Yip, T., (2007), The association between self-reported racial discrimination and 12-month DSM-IV mental disorders among Asian Americans nationwide, Social Science & Medicine, 64: 10, 1984.

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