The Psychology of Ethnic Groups in the United States

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-16
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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This text allows students to explore fundamental issues and methods that distinguish the field of ethnic psychology within mainstream psychology. The authors focus on increasing readers' sensitivity, awareness, and knowledge regarding the role of ethnicity and culture in human behavior.Key Features Features a diverse authorship that includes respected African American, Latino, and Asian American researchers Provides overviews of significant theoretical formulations (on ethnic identity, acculturation, biculturalism, etc.) that offer students a foundation for examining the relationship between ethnicity and human behavior, adjustment, and social conditions Describes examples of applications within ethnic psychology such as family interventions and prevention and management of physical health risks Includes rich pedagogy to enhance student understanding such as chapter-opening vignettes, illustrative boxes and sidebars and a summary section highlighting key concepts and suggested readings.Intended audienceUndergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Multicultural Psychology, Psychology of Ethnic Groups, Minority Psychology, Cross Cultural Psychology and similar classes.

Table of Contents

Ethnic Diversity and Psychology
Vignette: Learning About Ethnic Diversity in Psychology
The United States as an Ethnically Diverse Society
The Ethnic Diversity of the United States
Why Study the Psychology of Ethnic Diversity?
Ethnic Psychology as Different From Cross-Cultural Psychology
The Growth of Ethnic Psychology
Key Terms
Learning by Doing
Suggested Further Reading
Basic Theoretical Concepts
Vignette: "Mommy, What Color Are You?"
Understanding Culture
Understanding Ethnicity
Understanding Race
Social Orientations or Ways of Being
Social Stratification
Minority Status
Power and Privilege
Key Terms
Learning by Doing
Suggested Further Reading
Methodological Issues in Ethnic Psychology Research
Vignette: "That Is Not Me!"
Culturally Appropriate Research
Implementing Culturally Appropriate Research
The Problem of Limited Participation in Research
Ethical Considerations
Key Terms
Learning by Doing
Suggested Further Reading
Vignette: "Call Me 'Jessie,' Not 'Josefina!"
Defining Acculturation
Acculturation, Assimilation, and Segmented Assimilation
Models of Acculturation
Generational Differences and Acculturation
Acculturative Stress
Measuring Acculturation
Levels of Acculturation
Key Terms
Learning by Doing
Suggested Further Reading
Intersecting Identities: Ethnic, Racial, Gender, Sexual, and Class Dimensions
Vignette: Why Do We Have To Label Everyone?"
What Is Identity? Understanding the Multiple Facets of the Self
Dimensions of Identity in a Sociocultural Context
How Do Identities Intersect? Heterogeneity and Hybridity in a Multicultural World
Models of Identity Development and Formation
Relationship of Identities to Psychosocial Adjustment
Key Terms
Learning by Doing
Suggested Further Reading
Family Structure, Relations, and Socialization
Vignette: In My Family, We Never Openly Say 'I Love You'"
An Ecological Perspective of Family Functioning
How Do You Define a Family? Family Structures and Household Arrangements
Family Functioning, Socialization, and Adjustment
Key Terms
Learning by Doing
Suggested Further Reading
Social Behavior in an Ethnically Diverse Society
Vignette: A True Story by One of the Authors (G.M.)
Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
The Effects of Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism
Reducing Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism
The Benefits of an Ethnically Diverse Society
The Effects of Studying at a Diverse College
Key Terms
Learning by Doing
Further Readings
Physical Health
Vignette: "Son, I've Lost Something."
Influential Models of Health
Culture, Ethnicity, and Health
Health Disparities Among Ethnic Groups
Culturally Competent Health Care
Key Terms
Learning by Doing
Suggested Further Reading
Psychological Distress and Treatment Issues
Vignette: "He's Alright. He's Just Funny That Way."
Mental Health and Psychological Distress
Prevalence of Major Psychological Disorders Among Ethnic Minorities
Culture-Bound Syndromes--Their Manifestations
Service Utilization
Selected Factors Influencing Effective Delivery of Mental Health Services
Practical and Ethical Guidelines for Culturally Sensitive Practice
Key Terms
Learning by Doing
Suggested Further Reading
An Epilogue on the Future of Ethnic Psychology
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
Positive Psychology and the Role of Resilience
The Sociopolitical Context of Ethnic Psychology Within the United States
Key Terms
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