Handbook of Race and Development in Mental Health

  • Edward C. Chang
  • Christina A. Downey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Frederick T. L. Leong, Wade E. Pickren, Lisa C. Tang
    Pages 11-26
  3. Richard Thompson, Ernestine C. Briggs, Sylvette A. LaTouche-Howard
    Pages 27-43
  4. Barbara J. Friesen, Terry L. Cross, Pauline R. Jivanjee, L. Kris Gowen, Abby Bandurraga, Sara Bastomski et al.
    Pages 87-106
  5. Michael Tlanusta Garrett, Tarrell Awe Agahe Portman, Cyrus Williams, Lisa Grayshield, Edil Torres Rivera, Mark Parrish
    Pages 107-126
  6. Lisa L. Liu, Shu-wen Wang, Joey Fung, Omar G. Gudiño, Annie Tao, Anna S. Lau
    Pages 147-167
  7. Oanh Meyer, Manveen Dhindsa, Nolan Zane
    Pages 169-187
  8. Jean A. Baker, Alicia Fedewa, Sycarah Grant
    Pages 207-221
  9. B. Jan McCulloch, Sara Lassig, Amanda Barnett
    Pages 243-257
  10. Nancy A. Gonzales, Miguelina Germán, Fairlee C. Fabrett
    Pages 259-278
  11. Margarita Alegría, Norah Mulvaney-Day, Meghan Woo, Edna A. Viruell-Fuentes
    Pages 279-306
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 379-379

About this book


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.


Aging Cross-cultural Multicultural

Editors and affiliations

  • Edward C. Chang
    • 1
  • Christina A. Downey
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2., Department of PsychologyIndiana University KokomoKokomoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-0423-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-0424-8
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