¹ Department of Psychology
Fordham University
New York, NY

² Queens High School for the Sciences at York College Jamaica, NY

Asian American Female High School and College Students in STEM and Non-STEM: Imposter Syndrome Related to Self, Peers, and Family Values

Imposter syndrome is a phenomenon that affects how individuals depict themselves, often delineated through feelings of inadequacy and incompetence despite external evidence of success and achievement. Imposter symptoms linger as students advance in their academic trajectory through high school and college in STEM and non-STEM realms. Each setting embodies its own unique environment and psychosocial stressors that may induce more pressure and tension than the other. The purpose of this study was to conduct a comparative analysis of the differences between perceptions of three domains of the imposter phenomenon (i.e., self, peers, and family values) among a sample of 102 Asian American female high school and college students in STEM and non-STEM disciplines.

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