This important new volume shows mental health service providers how to work with economically disadvantaged children and adolescents from culturally diverse backgrounds. Comprehensively addressing the wide range of issues one encounters in the treatment of minority children - including poverty, discrimination, and problems with acculturation - the book concentrates on the mental health needs of primarily those African-American, Latino, Asian-American, and American Indian children who are subject to numerous social stressors and whose families represent the lower socioeconomic levels. Illustrated with clinical vignette, and providing step-by-step details on the assessment and treatment of this population, the book clearly describes how to, elicit relevant history from the child, caretakers, family, and school officials, utilize diagnostic criteria in a culturally appropriate way, intervene using innovative treatment strategies. This book will be of value to child psychologists and psychiatrists, social workers, and psychiatric nurses working with children. It will also serve as an excellent text for courses in these disciplines.
Ian A. Canino, MD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Deputy Director of Child Psychiatry Training, and Director of the Community Child Psychiatry Program at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He has founded a number of professional associations related to the mental health needs of culturally diverse populations and is actively involved as a lecturer and consultant to national and international organizations. The recipient of both state and federal grants to develop and implement a training program that can address the psychological and educational needs of culturally diverse children and adolescents in large urban areas, he has published a series of articles and chapters on child mental health.
Jeanne Spurlock, MD, before her untimely death in 1999, was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at George Washington University and Howard University. Formerly, she served as Deputy Director and Director of the Office of Minority/National Affairs at the American Psychiatric Association, Visiting Scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health, and Chairperson in the Department of Psychiatry at Meharry Medical College.