The Beverley Raphael grant recipient Dr Richard Yu and his research: Intergenerational Conflict in immigrant Chinese families in New Zealand

Dr Richard Yu is a RANZCP Trainee, Psychiatry registrar at Northern Health, Victoria and one of the 2023 Beverly Raphael New Investigator Grant recipients for his project Intergenerational Conflict in immigrant Chinese families in New Zealand: A Qualitative Study of Mental Health Service Users 

About the project

International literature indicates that intergenerational conflicts are particularly prevalent in immigrant families and are correlated with individual mental distress. There is no existing research on this subject in Chinese New Zealanders, who comprise close to five percent of the total population. This study aims to explore Chinese New Zealanders’ experience with intergenerational conflicts, how their mental health may have been affected by them, and how they coped with them. The role of cultural values will be examined. Chinese mental health service users and their family members will be recruited from Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai Auckland’s community mental health clinics and a primary care clinic. Qualitative data will be collected through a single semi-structured interview of about 60 minutes. The interview data will be transcribed and thematically analysed and reported using the Braun & Clarke (2022) framework for the analysis of qualitative data. 

"I am passionate about research in psychiatry, and in particular, the mental health of minorities and immigrants. Research into these groups’ subject experiences will help clinicians effectively build therapeutic relationships and inform best-practice management.” 

Dr Richard Yu


The Beverly Raphael New Investigator Grant is designed to encourage those who are new to research and require a small amount of funding to conduct a small-scale study.


The program provides a number of small grants of between A$500 and A$6000 annually

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