Handbook of Cultural Health Psychology

Edited by

  • Shahe Kazarian, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
  • David Evans, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

The Handbook of Cultural Health Psychology discusses the influence of cultural beliefs, norms and values on illness, health and health care. The major health problems that are confronting the global village are discussed from a cultural perspective. These include heart disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, pain, and suicide. The cultural beliefs and practices of several cultural groups and the unique health issues confronting them are also presented. The cultural groups discussed include Latinos, Aboriginal peoples, people of African heritage, and South Asians. The handbook contributes to increased personal awareness of the role of culture in health and illness behavior, and to the delivery of culturally relevant health care services.
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Health Psychologists (APA div. 38), cognitive and social psychologists, clinical psychologists, physicians.


Book information

  • Published: July 2001
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-402771-8


"The Handbook of Cultural Health Psychology edited by Shahé Kazarian and David Evans is a bold attempt to define a new hybrid field within a now mature subdiscipline of health psychology by examining both theoretical and applied issues. This complex but extremely informative and useful text... succeed[s] in many ways... Throughout the book one finds excellent examples of culturally tailored interventions..." -CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY "This book highlights the relationship between culture and health psychology. For mental health professionals health psychology is a key approach to health promotion and maintenance as well as treatment rehabilitation and prevention of ill health... Each chapter in the book ends with a case history which is useful in putting together key elements of the chapter. This book is a useful addition to the expanding field of cultural psychology and cultural psychiatry." -INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF PSYCHIATRY

Table of Contents

Contributors.Preface.Acknowledgments.Part I: Health Psychology for a Cultural Perspective: Theoretical Considerations.S.S. Kazarian and D.R. Evans, Health Psychology and Culture: Embracing the 21st Century.M.S. Mulatu and J.W. Berry, Health Care Practice in a Multicultural Context: Western and Non-Western Assumption.T.L. Armstrong and L.C. Swartzman, Cross-Cultural Differences in Illness Models and Expectations for the Health Care Provider-Client/Patient Interaction.D.R. Evans and S.S. Kazarian, Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, and Quality of Life.H.M. Shearer and D.R. Evans, Adherence to Health Care.Part II: Health Psychology and Culture: Specific Health Concerns.B. Baker, A. Richter, and S.S. Anand, From the Heartland: Culture, Psychological Factors, and Coronary Heart Disease.C.C. Gotay, M. Muraoka, and J. Holup, Cultural Aspects of Cancer Prevention and Control.A. Raj, H. Amaro, and E. Reed, Culturally Tailoring HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs: Why, When, and How.C.T. Korol and K.D. Craig, Pain from the Perspectives of Health Psychology and Culture.S.S. Kazarian and E. Persad, Cultural Issues in Suicidal Behavior.Part III: Health Psychology: Issues with Specific Cultural Groups.H. Betancourt and J.L. Fuentes, Culture and Latino Issues in Health Psychology.S.S. Kazarian, Health Issues in North American People of African Heritage.G.S. Renfrey and R.R. Dionne, Health Psychology and the Native North American Client.X. Chen and L.C. Swartzman, Health Beliefs and Experiences in Asian Cultures.P. Chandarana and J.R. Pellizzari, Health Psychology: South Asian Perspectives.E.A. Wise, S.K. Carmichael, C.D. Belair, C.B. Jordan, and N.E. Berlant, Women's Health: A Cultural Perspective.