Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology
- Yo Jackson - University of Kansas, USA
Ethnic Studies | Multi-Cultural Counseling | Multicultural/Minorities
During the past 30 years, the study of racial and ethnic minority issues in psychology has evolved to what can be considered a significant and rapidly growing subfield within psychology.
This volume represent a thorough overview of the psychology of racial, ethnic and minority issues and covers the breadth of psychology viewed through the lens of the racial and ethnic minority experience. Coverage includes contributions from all the major areas including: social; developmental; methodological; clinical; industrial/organizational; health; educational; and school and family psychology.
Key features include:
- supportive discussion on culture, not race, as the best way to understand differences among individuals;
- a focuses on culture to provide a reference to the terms, concepts and issues used in this field;
- a thorough overview of the psychology of racial, ethnic and minority issues and covers all of the major ethnic groups and subgroups;
- a discussion on the sociological issues as well as conceptual issues relevant to the field of multicultural psychology.
Key themes include:
- Conceptual Issues;
- Cultural Concerns;
- Ethnic Groups;
- Indigenous Concerns;
- Professional Organizations;
- Sociological Issue;
Topics covered include:
- academic achievement;
- affirmative action;
- community interventions;
- racial identity development;
- social ecology;
- teaching multiculturalism;
"This is a timely and useful volume that has value for students and professionals alike. It would fit well in the collections of academic and large public libraries where multiculturalism is a topic of concern."
"Useful statistics are included for many entries. The presentation and writing format are clear. This will be a valuable book for a wide variety of readers interested in multicultural psychology. Comprehensive index. Highly recommended."
"Those working in a counseling relationship with members of various underrepresented cultural groups in the United States will find the encyclopedia particularly useful. There are numerous entries that either directly or indirectly address issues of clinical relevance. For example, some of the topics covered in the Psychopathology and Treatment categories include depression, anxiety, alcohol/substance use and abuse, help-seeking behavior, family therapy, indigenous treatments and healers, psychopharmacology, and multicultural competencies. The text also attends to psychopathology or psychological distress as it is understood, experienced, and measured from different cultural perspectives. This encyclopedia is a meaningful contribution to the field of multicultural psychology. Jackson and her colleagues offer an authoritative synthesis of the important work that has been done to advance sensitivity and understanding of the rich cultural diversity that characterizes the United States."