Chicano Psychology

Chicano Psychology

2nd Edition - September 6, 1984

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  • Editors: Joe Martinez, Jr., Richard Mendoza
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288833

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Chicano Psychology, Second Edition consists of five parts, separating a total of 19 chapters, beginning with a brief overview of the history of psychology, first in Spain, and then in pre-Columbian Mexico. This overview is followed by a few summary statements of the transportation of psychology from Spain to Mexico, and the eventual development of psychology as an academic discipline in modern Mexico. This edition tackles the developments within Chicano psychology. Subsequent chapters focus on foundations for a Chicano psychology, sociocultural variability, psychological disorder among Chicanos, and social psychology. Last three chapters examine bilingualism from the standpoint of several issues involving Chicanos. This book will be of interest to both scientist and student working in the areas of cross-cultural psychology, race relations, psychological anthropology, Chicano studies, and bilingual education.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Preface: Introduction to Chicano Psychology

    Chapter 1 Synopsis of the History of Chicano Psychology


    Hispanic Origins of Psychology

    Chicano Psychologists and Their Contributions

    Associations of Chicano Psychologists

    Concluding Remarks


    Part I Foundation for a Chicano Psychology

    Chapter 2 The Works of George I. Sánchez: An Appreciation

    George I. Sánchez


    Chapter 3 Traditionalism, Modernism, and Ethnicity


    Selected Aspects of Traditionalism and Modernism

    Summary and Conclusions


    Chapter 4 The Logic and Limits of Mental Aptitude Testing


    The Logic and Limits of Mental Aptitude Testing

    The Generic Drift of Language and Skill

    The Magical Invention of General Intelligence

    Definitions of Intelligence: Vague and Various

    What Is Heritability? More Vagaries

    Human Conceit atop the Ladder of Perfection

    The Divergent Origins of Biological Intelligences

    Black Boxes, Empty Skulls, and Mass Action

    The Origins of Specialized Functions

    An Operational Approach to Testing Human Potential


    Part II Acculturation

    Chapter 5 Acculturation and Sociocultural Variability


    Why Study Sociocultural Variability?

    What is Acculturation?

    Methodological Issues

    Implications and Conclusions


    Chapter 6 Assessing and Understanding Biculturalism-Multiculturalism in Mexican-American Adults


    Perspectives on Acculturation and Assimilation

    Bicultural-Multicultural Models for Culture Change and Identity Development



    Chapter 7 Integration with Traditional Mexican-American Culture and Sociocultural Adjustment


    The Damaging-Culture Model and the Mexican-American Population in the 1980s

    Nonsupport for the Damaging-Culture Model

    The Basis of Traditional Mexican-American Culture as an Asset to Sociocultural Adjustment

    Toward a Theory of Achievement and Adjustment for Mexican-Americans


    Part III Mental Health and Psychotherapy

    Chapter 8 Psychological Disorders among Chicanos


    Clinical Psychopathology and Mexican Americans

    Prevalence of Psychological Disorder

    Methodological Issues

    Acculturation and Psychopathology

    Summary and Conclusions


    Chapter 9 Psychotherapy with Mexican Americans: Clinical and Empirical Gains


    The Need for Psychotherapy and Mental Health Services

    Perceptions toward Psychotherapy

    Alternative Service-Providers

    Preparing Patients for Psychotherapy

    Issues in Therapy for Spanish-Speaking and Bilingual Patients

    Treatment Traditionally Received

    Orienting Psychotherapists to Cross Cultural Boundaries

    Preferences toward Psychotherapists

    Self-Disclosure Styles

    Psychotherapeutic Treatment Approaches



    Chapter 10 Refining the Goals of Pluralistic Therapy from the Hispanic-Anglo Experience


    The Need for Pluralistic Therapy

    Culturally Relevant Therapy for Hispanics

    Anglocentrism and Empathy, Concreteness, and Self-Disclosure

    Universal Therapeutic Conditions of Engagement, Labeling, and Change

    Summary and Conclusions


    Chapter 11 Mental Health and the Chicano Elderly


    The Chicano Elderly: Age Stratas

    General Mental Health Issues

    The Double-Jeopardy Hypothesis

    Social-Support Networks as Intervention Models

    Implications for Mental Health Services to the Chicano Elderly

    Assessment of Mental Health Status


    Chapter 12 Some Research Considerations in Studying Stress and Distress of Mexican Americans


    Why Study the Psychological Distress of Mexican Americans?

    How Not to Study the Psychological Distress of Mexican Americans

    A Review of Studies

    Research Issues in Stress Research with Mexican Americans

    Summary and Conclusions


    Part IV Social Psychology

    Chapter 13 The Psychological Study of the Mexican


    The Beginnings

    The Longitudinal, Overlapping, Developmental Study of Mexicans and Anglo Americans

    Sociocultural Premises and Human Development

    The Self of the Mexican

    The Need for Greater Sociocultural Knowledge


    Chapter 14 Power and Status of the Chicana: A Social-Psychological Perspective


    Status of Chicanas in Society

    The Chicana in a Dynamic Society

    Role of Women in the Mexican-American Culture



    Chapter 15 Interpreting Chicano Cooperativeness: Methodological and Theoretical Considerations


    Validity of Social Motive Games

    Limits of Social Motive Games

    New Assessment Approaches

    The Relative Strength of Social Motives

    Generality of Cultural Differences

    Causes of Cultural Differences

    Social Policy Implications


    Chapter 16 Foundations for a Chicano Social Psychology


    Cross-Cultural Issues in Social Psychology

    Social Psychological Research on Chicanos

    An Interactional Model for a Chicano Social Psychology



    Part V Bilingualism

    Chapter 17 Child Bilingualism: The Same Old Issues Revisited


    Definition and Measurement of Bilingualism

    Process of Bilingual Language Development

    Language Mixing and Switching

    Language Input Considerations

    Bilingualism and Cognitive Functioning



    Chapter 18 An Information-Processing Approach to the Study of Hispanic Bilinguals' Cognition


    Information-Processing Accounts of Cognitive Behavior

    Study of Bilingual Information-Processing

    Cognitive Consequences of Bilingualism



    Chapter 19 The Interrelationship of Spanish and Spanish-English Language Acquisition in the Hispanic Child



    Spanish-Language Acquisition




Product details

  • No. of pages: 456
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1984
  • Published: September 6, 1984
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288833

About the Editors

Joe Martinez, Jr.

Joe L. Martinez, Jr. is a Ewing Halsell Distinguished Chair at the University of Texas, San Antonio. His research focusses on the memory and the hippocampus with special attention to the opioid containing mossy fiver-CA3 projection. His recent work had identified important genes that are upregulated in the hippocampus following learning.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

Richard Mendoza

Affiliations and Expertise

California School of Professional Psychology

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