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Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121993702, 9780080491424

Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health

1st Edition

Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations

Editor: Freddy Paniagua
Hardcover ISBN: 9780121993702
eBook ISBN: 9780080491424
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 16th March 2000
Page Count: 486
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Clinicians and mental health practitioners are regularly called upon to treat patients of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Not only do these patients differ from Anglos in culture and language, but also in customs, beliefs, values, and practices. Understanding these differences is vital to performing an accurate diagnosis/assessment of psychopathology as well as in determining an effective treatment regimen.
This book provides vital information to clinicians worldwide in bettering their treatment of diverse populations. Each chapter identifies relevant cultural variables specific to each racial/ethnic group, along with ethnocultural measures and their relevant psychometric properties. Part 1 presents introductory material on the definition of mental illness and pathological behavior in differing cultures, epidemiological data on the prevalence of different disorders between differing population groups, culture specific beliefs (e.g. hexes), and the influence of culture on treatment. Part 2 discusses assessment issues including how specific measures (Rorschach, MMPI, etc.) are best interpreted with different population groups, and the existence and use of ethnocultural specific measures. Part 3 discusses assessment and treatment of specific population groups (e.g., Indians, Asians, Latinos, etc.).


All practicing clinicians and counselors; researchers in clinical psychology and sociology.
Psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, psychiatrists and cross-cultural researchers.

Table of Contents

Overview Theory, Models, and Demographics:
A.J. Marsella and A.M. Yamada, Culture and Mental Health: An Introduction and Overview of Foundations, Concepts, and Issues.
R.J. Angel and K. Williams, Cultural Models of Health and Illness.
I. Cuellar, Acculturation and Mental Health: Ecological Transactional Relations of Adjustment.
G. Canales, Gender as Subculture: The First Division of Multicultural Diversity.
U.A. Raajpoot, Multicultural Demographic Developments: Current and Future Trends.
R.H. Dana, Culture and Methodology in Personality Assessment.
B.R. Arnold and Y.E. Matus, Test Translation and Cultural Equivalence Methodologies for Use With Diverse Populations.
Assessment and Treatment:
F.A. Paniagua, Culture-Bound Syndromes, Cultural Variations, and Psychopathology.
S. Okazaki, Assessing and Treating Asian Americans: Recent Advances.
M.L. Lindsey and I. Cuellar, Mental Health Assessment and Treatment of African Americans: A Multicultural Perspective.
A.J. Romero, Assessing and Treating Latinos: Overview of Research.
D.A. Dillard and S.M. Manson, Assessing and Treating American Indians and Alaska Natives.
F.A. Paniagua, Multicultural Issues in Treating Clients with HIV/AIDS from the African American, American Indian, Asian, and Hispanic Populations.
R.M. Lee and M.R. Ramirez, III, The History, Current Status, and Future of Multicultural Psychotherapy.
C. Martinez, Conducting the Cross-Cultural Clinical Interview.
S.A. Black, The Mental Health of Culturally Diverse Elderly: Research and Clinical Issues.
C.E. Holzer, III and S. Copeland, Race, Ethnicity, and the Epidemiology of Mental Disorders in Adults.
R.E. Roberts, Depression and Suicidal Behaviors among Adolescents: The Role of Ethnicity.
R.J. Velasquez, G.X. Ayala, S.A. Mendoza, E. Nezami, I. Castillo-Canez, T.M. Pace, S.K. Choney, F.C. Gomez, Jr., and L.E. Miles, Culturally Competent Use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 with Minorities.
A.E. Puente and M. Perez-Garcia, Neuropsychological Assessment of Ethnic Minorities: Clinical Issues.
Training in Cultural Competence:
C. Negy, Limitations of the Multicultural Approach to Psychotherapy with Diverse Clients.
G.K. Hong, M. Garcia, and M. Soriano, Responding to the Challenge: Preparing Mental Health Professionals for the New Millennium.


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About the Editor

Freddy Paniagua

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Texas, Galveston, U.S.A.


"Israel Cuellar and Freddy Paniagua provide an informative and comprehensive compilation of chapters by scientists and practitioners interested in understanding culture and its impact on the assessment and treatment of human behavior, attitudes, and perceptions... A notable strength of this book lies in the integration of information from both science and practice on the development of culturally competent mental healthcare... This handbook appears to be an essential companion for anyone that might be interested facing that personal challenge while exploring the sociocultural influences on various mental health issues... the editors do an outstanding job of compiling works from authors that do not oversimplify the issues or lose the readers in technical language or complicated theories..."

"This book provides vital information to clinicians worldwide in bettering their treatment of diverse populations."
—ADOLESCENCE (Vol. 36, No. 143, Fall 2001)

"Thirty-eight authors contributed 22 chapters to this well edited volume... the chapters are well written, extensively referenced and thoughtful... The cultural psychiatrist wanting an update on cultural psychology should relish this book..."

"This book provides vital information to clinicians worldwide in bettering their treatment of diverse populations."
—FAMILY THERAPY (Volume 28, Number 2, 2001)

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