Clinical Handbook of Transcultural Infant Mental Health

  • J. Martin Maldonado-Duran
  • Andrés Jiménez-Gómez
  • Maria X. Maldonado-Morales
  • Felipe Lecannelier

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Conceptual and Background Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Martin Maldonado-Duran, Clara Aisenstein
      Pages 3-16
    3. J. Martin Maldonado-Duran, Felipe Lecannelier
      Pages 17-28
    4. Maria X. Maldonado-Morales, Sarah Caldera-Wimmer, Sarah Johnson-Cardona
      Pages 41-49
  3. Working with Families of Various Ethnic and Social Backgrounds: Common Issues, Challenges, and Misconceptions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
    2. Sarah Johnson-Cardona, Sarah Caldera-Wimmer, Trevalova Augustin, Maria X. Maldonado-Morales
      Pages 53-68
  4. Cultural Variations in Specific Practices and Their Importance in Understanding Ourselves and Others

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Maria X. Maldonado-Morales
      Pages 151-166
    3. Muhammad Farhan, Andrés Jiménez-Gómez
      Pages 167-179
    4. J. Martin Maldonado-Duran, Teresa Lartigue Becerra, Kenia Gomez
      Pages 181-194
    5. J. Martin Maldonado-Duran, Felipe Lecannelier
      Pages 195-204
    6. J. Martin Maldonado-Duran, Juan Manuel Sauceda-Garcia
      Pages 205-216
  5. Migration and Working in Mental Health with Families of Different Cultural Backgrounds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Hakan Sahin, J. Martin Maldonado-Duran
      Pages 233-243
    3. Youssef Hrar, J. Martin Maldonado-Duran
      Pages 245-258
    4. Andrés Jiménez-Gómez, Sarat Munjuluri
      Pages 259-271
    5. Andrés Jiménez-Gómez, Sarat Munjuluri
      Pages 273-284
    6. Andrés Jiménez-Gómez, J. Martin Maldonado-Duran
      Pages 285-293
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-305

About this book


This handbook provides a review of relevant topics concerning the interface between culture and mental health, with a particular focus on child-rearing practices and transcultural issues in the perinatal period, infancy, and early childhood. It discusses how to work with infants and families from diverse backgrounds and addresses the most common issues that medical and mental health experts may encounter when working with individuals from other cultures. Chapters examine the considerable range of child-rearing strategies and how families from various cultural groups approach issues such as infant sleep, feeding practices, and care during pregnancy. In addition, chapters address conditions that are seen mostly within a particular sociocultural context and are “culture bound” syndromes or states. The handbook concludes with the editors’ recommendations for future research directions.

Topics featured in this handbook include:

  • Prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping within the clinical field.
  • Cultural responses to infant crying and irritability.
  • Cultural issues in response to chronic conditions and malformations in infancy.
  • The healthy immigrant effect.
  • The use of folk and traditionally therapeutic remedies.

The Clinical Handbook of Transcultural Infant Mental Health is an essential resource for researchers, clinicians and related professionals, and graduate students in infancy and early child development, child and school psychology, pediatrics, social work, obstetrics, and nursing.


Anxiety in pregnancy in different cultures Child-rearing practices in different cultures Cross-cultural infant mental health Cultural values and infant mental health Culture-bound syndromes Depression in different cultures Discipline in childhood in different cultures Domestic violence and infant mental health Emotional needs of infants in different cultures Feeding practices in different cultures Infant attachment in different cultures Infant sleeping practices in different cultures Machismo and infant mental health Manifestations of distress in different cultures Migration and infant mental health Multiple caregivers in different cultures Multicultural infant mental health Parenting beliefs in different cultures Stress in pregnancy in different cultures Transcultural infant mental health

Editors and affiliations

  • J. Martin Maldonado-Duran
    • 1
  • Andrés Jiménez-Gómez
    • 2
  • Maria X. Maldonado-Morales
    • 3
  • Felipe Lecannelier
    • 4
  1. 1.Menninger Department of PsychiatryBaylor College of MedicineHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pediatric NeurologyJoe DiMaggio Children’s HospitalHollywoodUSA
  3. 3.Trauma and Grief CenterTexas Childrens HospitalHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Facultad de Ciencias MedicasUniversidad de Santiago de ChileSantiagoChile

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