Mental and Behavioral Health of Immigrants in the United States

Mental and Behavioral Health of Immigrants in the United States

Cultural, Environmental, and Structural Factors

1st Edition - June 11, 2020

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  • Editor: Gordon C. Nagayama Hall
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128161173
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128163009

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Mental and Behavioral Health of Immigrants in the United States reviews research on immigrant mental health, acculturation, and multicultural psychology.  The book is divided into three sections: Section A addresses the geographic and social context of immigration, including how parents and children navigate the acculturation process, how different cultural orientations affect behavior, and research methods on acculturation. Sections B and C focus on mental health issues common to Latinx, Asian, and Arab/Middle Eastern immigrants, and then more broadly across immigrant groups.  Included here are a focus on depression, anxiety, and somatization, as well as alcohol abuse, insomnia, and issues for LGBTQ+ individuals.  Pre- and post-migration stressors are discussed, as well as the effects of prejudice and bias, the mental health effects of religion and spirituality, and managing the demands of both work and family.  Contributors from psychology, education, and social work provide different perspectives and identify opportunities for future research. 

Key Features

  • Summarizes research on mental health issues common to immigrants
  • Identifies prevalence of mental disorders among ethnic minorities in the United States
  • Examines the impact of group-based discrimination on mental health
  • Explores the impact of acculturation on mental health
  • Reviews mental health issues specific to Latinx, Asian, and Middle Eastern immigrants
  • Covers alcohol abuse, sleep, and other disorders across immigrant groups


Academic researchers in psychology and social sciences; mental health professionals working with immigrant clients; graduate students in psychology

Table of Contents

  • Section A Acculturation

    1. Linking acculturation factors, family environments, and mental health outcomes among Latino families in traditional, emerging, and crisis immigrant receiving contexts in the United States
    Cory L. Cobb, Charles R. Martinez. Jr, Alejandra Garcia Isaza, Heather H. McClure and J. Mark Eddy

    2. Acculturation, parent-child relationships, and mental health of adolescents in Chinese and Mexican immigrant families
    Su Yeong Kim, Minyu Zhang, Yang Hou and Yishan Shen

    3. Acculturation, enculturation, and bicultural orientations:Conceptualizations and links to alcohol use
    Byron L. Zamboanga, P. Priscilla Lui and Savannah Pham

    4. Acculturation science: Limitations and new directions
    Miriam J. Alvarez, Angel D. Armenta and Michael A. Zárate

    Section B Mental health

    5. A gendered look at work-family conflict among diverse US immigrants
    Lizette Ojeda, Cristal Lopez and Abigail Sharer

    6. Being a Latina/o immigrant parent in the United States:Links with parents’ and adolescents’ mental health and health risk behaviors
    Elma I. Lorenzo-Blanco and Seth J. Schwartz

    7. Contextual stressors and the role of religion and spirituality in the mental health of Latino/a immigrant parents and youth
    Rosario Ceballo, Francheska Alers-Rojas, Jessica P. Montoro and Andrea S. Mora

    8. Mental and behavioral health in immigrant populations: Assessment and interventions for culturally competent practice
    Hee Yun Lee and Jessica A. Neese

    9. Intersectional complexities of South Asian Muslim Americans: Implications for identity and mental health
    Tania Chowdhury and Sumie Okazaki

    10. Mental health considerations for immigrants of Arab/MENA descent
    Germine H. Awad, Hien Nguyen, Flor Castellanos, Taylor Payne and Hanan Hashem

    Section C Psychopathology

    11. The immigrant mental health advantage in the US among ethnic minority and other groups: Findings and potential mechanisms
    David M. Barnes, Sarah A. Lieff, Evan L. Eschliman, YiPing Li and Lawrence H. Yang

    12. Internalizing behavior problems in Latinx children: Patterns and correlates of anxiety, depressive, and somatic symptoms from pre-kindergarten through third grade
    R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez, Esther J. Calzada and Keng-Yen Huang

    13. Risk and protective factors for insomnia among Asian, Black, and Latinx adult immigrants in the United States: A socioecological analysis
    Luciana Giorgio Cosenzo, Sarah Valentina Diaz, Melanie Morris and Carmela Alcántara

Product details

  • No. of pages: 333
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: June 11, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128161173
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128163009

About the Editor

Gordon C. Nagayama Hall

Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon. Hall has served as President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues (Division 45) and as President of the Asian American Psychological Association. He has served as Editor of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Associate Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Co-Editor of the APA Handbook of Multicultural Psychology. He was the recipient of the Stanley Sue Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity from the APA Division of Clinical Psychology (Division 12), the Distinguished Career Contributions to Research Award from APA Division 45 (Culture, Ethnicity, and Race), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian American Psychological Association.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, USA

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