Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice

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Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American/ Pacific Islander population in the United States and they are projected to become the largest Asian American population by 2010. With 1.37 million Filipino-born immigrants living in the US, Filipino Americans are the second largest immigrant population in the country. As descendants of the Philippines, a country that was colonized by Spain for over three centuries and by the US for nearly 50 years, Filipino Americans are an ethnic group with a sociocultural and historical experience that is unlike any other. First, they are the only ethnic group that has been categorized as Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Hispanic. However, California state laws require that all personnel surveys or statistical tabulations classify persons of Filipino ancestry as "Filipino" rather than part of any other racial or ethnic group. Additionally, Filipino Americans have often been referred to as the "Forgotten Asian Americans," because their presence has been invisible in psychology, education, humanities, and other social sciences. Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice offers a comprehensive look at the psyche of Filipino Americans. By examining history, cultural values, influences of colonialism, community dynamics, and intersections with other identities, the reader will have an opportunity to understand essential information about this population. Students will gain knowledge and awareness about Filipino American identity and personality development, while practitioners will learn culturally-competent techniques to become better counselors, clinicians, and educators. This book is the first of its kind and aims to promote visibility of this invisible group, so that 2.4 million Filipino Americans will have their voices heard.

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Kevin L. Nadal, Ph.D., is a professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author who received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University in 2008. As an assistant professor of psychology and mental health counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York, he has published several works focusing on Filipino American, ethnic minority, and LGBTQ issues in the fields of psychology and education. In 2007, he led a vast international campaign against ABC Studios for the negative statements made about Filipino medical schools on the television show "Desperate Housewives." A California-bred New Yorker, Kevin is also a stand-up comedian and spoken word artist who has performed across the US since 2000. He was named one of People Magazine's hottest bachelors in 2006, he was a guest on Fox News Channel's "The O'Reilly Factor," and he has been featured on The Filipino Channel, the History Channel, Philippine News, and Filipinas Magazine.

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"Ranging from historical contexts to present-day case studies, theoretical models to empirical findings, self-reflection activities to online and media resources – Filipino American Psychology will engage, stimulate and challenge both novices and experts. Without question, Dr. Nadal's book is a foundational text and a one-stop resource for both the Filipino American community and the community of mental health professionals."
Alvin N. Alvarez, Ph.D., Professor, San Francisco State University

"Dr. Nadal has done a superb job of locating the experiences of Filipino Americans within the larger scholarship on ethnic minority psychology, while also highlighting the complexity, richness, and uniqueness of their psychological experiences. This book should be a part of everyone's library."
E.J.R. David, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage

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