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Handbook of Race and Development in Mental Health

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Title: Handbook of Race and Development in Mental ...

Publisher: Springer

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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This project is unique in the field for a number of reasons, both in structure and in content. Specifically, it will have leading experts on specific age groups (Childhood to Adolescence, Young Adulthood to Middle Age, and The Elderly) within the cultural groups of interest (European-Americans, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Native Americans) contribute a chapter covering current research on both positive and negative functioning for each population. Each chapter will present basic demographic information, strengths that contribute to resilience, and three significant challenges each group faces to maintaining mental health. Each chapter will then include an integrative section, where ideas are advanced about how the strengths of each group can be harnessed to address the challenges that group faces. To conclude, each chapter will propose future directions for research which addresses integrative approaches to mental health for each group, and the implications that such approaches could have for future treatment. The main points of each section of each chapter will be visually summarized in a concluding table.

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Handbook of Race and Development in Mental Health


Edward C. Chang and Christina A. Downey, editors



The early decades of psychology were concerned with pathology: its causes, identification, and treatment. Eventually this foundation expanded to include positive aspects of human behavior, such as intelligence, creativity, and love. But even as positive psychology grew insignificance, it was limited on two fronts―its universalism, ignoring the role of cultural differences, and its focus on young adults, marginalizing the very real experiences of children and elders.


The Handbook of Race and Development in Mental Health addresses both shortcomings with knowledge and accessibility. For each of the major racial groups in the United States,chapters explore risk and protective factors in children, social support systems, challenges of inequality, the roles of culture and context in coping,prevalent psychological conditions, barriers to help-seeking, aging-related issues, and other key areas. This cultural/lifespan approach offers enlightening points of comparison and contrast, particularly for the clinical or counseling practitioner.


A sampling of the topics included in the Handbook:


  • African Americans: effects of parenting styles on children; coping strategies and John Henryism in adults.
  • Native Americans/Alaska Natives: intergenerational trauma; spiritual practice and well-being.
  • Asian Americans: the “model minority” stereotype; peer support and wellness.
  • European Americans: why children may be underrepresented in the literature.
  • Latinos: bilingualism; biculturalism; acculturative stress.
  • Guidelines for incorporating lifespan and positive psychology into multicultural competence.


Rich with both findings and possibilities, the Handbook of Race and Development in Mental Health offers researchers, practitioners,and students in various disciplines in psychology (such as clinical,cross-cultural, community, developmental, and positive), social work, and counseling a deeper understanding of all their clients, both as members of their communities and as individuals.

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