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The Psychology of Ethnic Groups in the United States



July 2009 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"I am most enthusiastic about this book. I designed the course and was thrilled to see that I finally found a good PSYCHOLOGY book with these incredible authors who are so well-respected in their field."
—Alyson L. Burns-Glover, Pacific University of Oregon

"Well-organized and comprehensive coverage of ethnic psychology."
—Judith Chapman, Saint Joseph's University

This comprehensive, research-based text allows undergraduate psychology students to explore fundamental issues and methods that distinguish the field of ethnic psychology within mainstream psychology. Combining theory with practical examples, it examines ethnic identities, acculturation, and biculturalism, while aiming to increase readers' sensitivity, awareness, and knowledge regarding the role of ethnicity and culture in human behavior.

Key Features

  • Diverse authorship that includes respected African American, Latino, and Asian American researchers
  • Significant theoretical formulations (on ethnic identity, acculturation, biculturalism, etc.) are covered, offering students a foundation for examining the relationship between ethnicity and human behavior, adjustment, and social conditions
  • Vignettes at the beginning of each chapter provide practical applications of key topics, while boxes and side bars give examples of relevant research, data, and commentary
  • Chapter-ending key terms, Learn by Doing exercises, and suggested readings reinforce comprehension and retention

Intended audience

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Multicultural Psychology, Psychology of Ethnic Groups, Minority Psychology, Cross Cultural Psychology and similar classes.

 
1: ETHNIC DIVERSITY AND PSYCHOLOGY
Outline  
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  
 
2: BASIC THEORETICAL CONCEPTS
Outline  
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  
 
3: METHODOLOGICAL ISSUES IN ETHNIC PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH
Outline  
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  
 
4: ACCULTURATION
Outline  
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  
 
5: INTERSECTING IDENTITIES: ETHNIC, RACIAL, GENDER, SEXUAL, AND CLASS DIMENSIONS
Outline  
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  
 
6: FAMILY STRUCTURE, RELATIONS, AND SOCIALIZATION
Outline  
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  
 
7: SOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN AN ETHNICALLY DIVERSE SOCIETY
Outline  
Vignette: A True Story by One of the Authors (G.M.)  
Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination  
Racism  
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  
 
8: PHYSICAL HEALTH
Outline  
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  
 
9: PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS AND TREATMENT ISSUES
Outline  
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  
 
10: AN EPILOGUE ON THE FUTURE OF ETHNIC PSYCHOLOGY
Outline  
Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)  
Positive Psychology and the Role of Resilience  
The Sociopolitical Context of Ethnic Psychology Within the United States  
Key Terms  

“I am most enthusiastic about this book. I designed the course and was thrilled to see that I finally found a good PSYCHOLOGY book with these incredible authors who are so well-respected in their field.”

Alyson L. Burns-Glover
Pacific University of Oregon

"The authors have provided a solid resource to the growing database on multicultural psychology. There are two outstanding features of the text that are worth mentioning. First, at the outset of every chapter (except the final chapter), the authors provide a vignette that illustrates practical applications of chapter material. The second major contribution of this book is the “Learning by Doing” exercises . . . These activities—or “mini-studies” as the authors describe them—will assist the reader in learning the information experientially and affectively, in addition to processing the information on an intellectual level."

Dr. Chammie Austin
Saint Louis University

I chose this book because of its layout, the depth and breadth of its content, and the availability of supplemental resources. It has a comprehensive approach that I think my undergraduate students will enjoy because this is a capstone course.

Dr Crystal Blount
Psychology Counseling Div, Governors State University
October 23, 2012

Covers ethnic groups in the US and it is difficult to find a text such as this.

Professor Zelida Keo-trang
Social Behavioral Sciences Div, Saddleback College
May 25, 2012

Covered a wide range of ethnic groups that were relevant for the course. It was less expensive than other options and the text was structured in a way that was easy to read for my students.

Professor Jacqueline Larriva
Mexican American Studies, University of Arizona
May 7, 2012

This is an interesting an informative boook but is only a small part of the ethnic diversity which I plan to cover, hence its status as supplemental

Dr Sue Thorpe
Psychology , Newcastle University
March 19, 2012

there are several chapters that suit very well the structure of my course, but the whole book does not cover it well

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Valery Chirkov
Psychology Dept, Univ of Saskatchewan
September 19, 2011

An easy read and simplified understanding on diversity. Chapt. 5, "Intersecting Identities" gave a very insightful understanding of the many factors that play into one's identity.

Ms Sharon Martin
Humanities, Emdpire State College
May 18, 2011

Was great book. I could not wait to use it. Was using it as the primary text. However, an insufficient number of students enrolled for the course and the university decided not to offer the course this semester. It may come up later or I may be able to use the book in another course.

Dr Lillian Breckenridge
Religion Dept, Oral Roberts University
October 21, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1 - Ethnic Diversity and Psychology

Chapter 4 - Acculturation


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