Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa

Department of Psychology Faculty Profile

Yiyuan Xu

Yiyuan Xu

Professor - Graduate Chair

Education

PhD, University of Southern California

Research

My research focuses on understanding cultural variation in children’s social development using a goodness of fit theoretical framework that conceptualizes the developmental trajectories of children’s behavior and social relationships as forms of mutual adaptation, or fit between the behavioral expression of their biological predisposition, and expectations of significant others, such as parents or peers and the limits of their tolerance for deviance from the behavioral norms. I have applied this goodness of fit framework to investigate shyness across cultural contexts and identified and distinguished a regulated form of shyness/withdrawal from anxious shyness in Asian and Asian American children, a finding that has been replicated in various cultural contexts, such as China, South Korea, Turkey, and Hawaii. My current research extends this line of work to understand contextual variations in adjustment of Asian and Asian Americans, including their experiences of early schooling, development of interpersonal perception, and expression of social anxiety.

Publications

Race essentialism and social contextual differences in children’s racial stereotyping. Child Developmen (in press). (2016)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

Comparing social anxiety between Asian Americans and European Americans: An examination of measurement invariance. Assessment (in press). (2016)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

The home environments and Asian immigrant children’s early literacy skills. Parenting: Science and Practice (in press). (2016)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

Parenting practices and shyness in Chinese children, in Selin, H. (Ed.), Parenting Across Cultures (pp. 13-24). The Netherlands: Springer Press. (2015)
  Type: Chapters in books

Ethnic identity and self-esteem among Asian and European Americans: When a minority is the majority and the majority is a minority. European Journal of Social Psychology, 45, 62-76. (2015)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

Ethnic differences in social anxiety between Asian-heritage and European-heritage individuals: A meta-analytical review. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 6, 66-80. (2015)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

In the eyes of the beholder: Understanding subtypes of social withdrawal among young Chinese children. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 33, 177-179. (2015)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

Shyness in Asian American children and the relations to temperament, parents’ acculturation, and school adjustment. Infant and Child Development, 23, 333-342. (2014)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

Shyness and psychosocial functioning in South Korean Children. European Journal of Personality, 28, 147-155. (2014)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

Resting heart rate, vagal tone, and reactive and proactive aggression in Chinese children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42, 501-504. (2014)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

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