Women of Color: Integrating Ethnic and Gender Identities in Psychotherapy

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A long-awaited addition to the literature, this important new volume comprehensively addresses mental health issues relevant to women of color and presents guidelines for state-of-the-art treatment. Chapters illustrate the interaction of gender and ethnicity in mental health theory and practice, and discuss how cultural relevance and gender sensitivity can and must be incorporated into clinical work. The contributors are experts with extensive clinical experience with the specific groups of women they discuss, and many are themselves members of these groups, adding a unique and valuable dimension to their work. Inclusive in its approach and rich with illustrative case examples, WOMEN OF COLOR covers issues that affect both familiar and frequently overlooked groups of women.
Emphasizing the heterogeneity of women of color, the book begins with in-depth discussions of cultural imperatives relevant to the mental health treatment of African American, American Indian, Asian American, Latina/Hispanic, and East and West Indian women. The second section provides a thorough review of the major theoretical orientations to psychotherapy and their applicability to women of color. The contributors critically assess the utilization of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, feminist, and integrative approaches, and provide clinical guidelines for the application of each. Focusing on clinical management that incorporates a sensitivity to ethnicity, culture and gender, chapters also discuss the psychopharmacologic treatment of women of color.
The diversity that exists among women of color is reflected in the final section's thoughtful examination of the mental health needs of such special populations as professional women, lesbians, mixed-race women, battered women, and refugee women. The stressors endured by women who are culturally stigmatized and/or institutionally disadvantaged are explored, and clear guidelines for working with these women are presented.
Filling a significant gap in the literature, WOMEN OF COLOR is a major new resource for all mental health professionals, from students to seasoned practitioners. Accessibly written, it also serves as an excellent classroom text for courses in the psychology of women, women's studies, and gender studies.

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Lillian Comas-Díaz, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Transcultural Mental Health Institute and a clinical psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC. A past Director of the American Psychological Association's Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs, Dr. Comas-Díaz also has served as Director of the Hispanic Clinic at the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Currently, she is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. The Committee of Women in Psychology of the American Psychological Association awarded her the Emerging Leader Citation in 1989.

Beverly Greene, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology at St. John's University and a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. Dr. Greene has served as Director of Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychology Services at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, and Supervising Psychologist-Clinical Assistant Professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's Outpatient Community Mental Health Services in Newark. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she has received the Association for Women in Psychology's first Women of Color Psychologies Publication Award in 1991 and the 1992 Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Ethnic Minority Issues from the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues of the American Psychological Association.

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Forewords, Jean Baker Miller and Elaine Pinderhughes
I. WOMEN OF COLOR: A PORTRAIT OF HETEROGENEITY.
Overview: An Ethnocultural Mosaic, Comas-Diaz and Greene
1. African American Women, Greene
2. American Indian Women, LaFromboise, Berman, and Sohi
3. Asian and Asian American Women: Historical and Political Considerations in Psychotherapy, Bradshaw
4. Latinas, Vasquez
5. West Indian Women: The Jamaican Woman, Brice-Baker
6. Women of the Indian Subcontinent, Jayakar

II. THEORETICAL AND APPLIED FRAMEWORKS.
Overview: Gender and Ethnicity in the Healing Process, Comas-Díaz and Greene
7. Psychodynamic Approaches, Chin
8. Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches, Lewis
9. Family Therapy: A Closer Look at African American and Hispanic Women, Boyd-Franklin and García-Preto
10. Feminist Approaches, Espi'n
11. An Integrative Approach, Comas-Diaz
12. Psychopharmacology, Jacobsen

III. THE LABYRINTH OF DIVERSITY: SPECIAL POPULATIONS OF WOMEN OF COLOR
Overview: Connections and Disconnections, Comas-Díaz and Greene
13. Women of Color with Professional Status, Comas-Díaz and Greene
14. Lesbian Women of Color: Triple Jeopardy, Greene
15. Women of Color in Battering Relationships, Kanuha
16. Mixed Race Women, Root
17. Southeast Asian American Refugee Women, Tien

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