Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health

2nd Edition

Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations

Editors: Freddy Paniagua Ann-Marie Yamada
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123944207
eBook ISBN: 9780123978127
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 31st July 2013
Page Count: 660
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The Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health, Second Edition, discusses the impact of cultural, ethnic, and racial variables for the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, service delivery, and development of skills for working with culturally diverse populations. Intended for the mental health practitioner, the book translates research findings into information to be applied in practice.

The new edition contains more than 50% new material and includes contributions from established leaders in the field as well as voices from rising stars in the area. It recognizes diversity as extending beyond race and ethnicity to reflect characteristics or experiences related to gender, age, religion, disability, and socioeconomic status. Individuals are viewed as complex and shaped by different intersections and saliencies of multiple elements of diversity.

Chapters have been wholly revised and updated, and new coverage includes indigenous approaches to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental and physical disorders; spirituality; the therapeutic needs of culturally diverse clients with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities; suicide among racial and ethnic groups; multicultural considerations for treatment of military personnel and multicultural curriculum and training.

Key Features

  • Foundations-overview of theory and models
  • Specialized assessment in a multicultural context
  • Assessing and treating four major culturally diverse groups in clinical settings
  • Assessing and treating other culturally diverse groups in clinical settings
  • Specific conditions/presenting problems in a cultural context
  • Multicultural competence in clinical settings


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

Table of Contents


In Memoriam


List of Contributors



Domain I: Foundations-Overview of Theory and Models

Chapter 1. The Study of Culture and Psychopathology: Fundamental Concepts and Historic Forces

I Introduction

II Key Concepts in the Study of Culture and Psychopathology

III Historic Forces in the Study of Culture and Psychopathology

IV Promising Directions to Advance the Study of Culture and Psychopathology

V Conclusion


Chapter 2. Culture-Bound Syndromes, Cultural Variations, and Psychopathology

I Introduction

II Adjustment Disorders

III Anxiety Disorders

IV Attention Deficit and Disruptive Disorders

V Delusional Disorders

VI Dissociative Disorders

VII Eating Disorders

VIII Impulsive–Control Disorders not Elsewhere Classified

IX Mental Retardation and Learning Disorders

X Mood Disorders

XI Personality Disorders

XII Pica and Selective Mutism

XIII Schizophrenia and other Psychotic Disorders

XIV Sexual Dysfunction and Paraphilias

XV Sleep Disorders

XVI Somatoform Disorders

XVII Substance-Related Disorders

XVIII Difficulties in Distinguishing Psychopathology from Culture-Related Conditions

XIX Guidelines to Distinguish Psychopathology from Culture-Related Conditions

XX DSM-IV-TR CulturalLY Sensitive V-Codes

XXI DSM-IV Outline for the Cultural Formulation

XXII Final Thoughts


Chapter 3. Cultural Models of Health and Illness

I Introduction

II The Measurement of Health in the Cultural and Social Context of Illness

III Culture and Meaning

IV Social Differentiation and Culture

V Objectivity and Subjectivity in the Context of Health and Illness

VI The Role of Culture in Health


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About the Editor

Freddy Paniagua

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Ann-Marie Yamada

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA


"This handbook lays the foundations for a more balanced therapeutic view after a half century of emphasis on brain-behavior relations, an emphasis that has largely overlooked the cultural forces that shape perceptions, attitudes, and actions…The second edition adds eight chapters on Jewish and Muslim communities, military service members, developmental and physical disabilities, suicide, and measurement of cultural competence." --ProtoView.com, February 2014