Introduction to Biopsychosocial Approaches to Understanding Health in South Asian Americans

  • Edward C. ChangEmail author
  • Marisa J. Perera
  • Casey N.-H. Batterbee
  • Zunaira Jilani
Part of the Cross-Cultural Research in Health, Illness and Well-Being book series (CCRHIWB)


This chapter introduces the handbook entitled Biopsychosocial Approaches to Understanding Health in South Asian Americans. The value of applying a holistic conceptualization of health to understand the health and disease status, specifically the chronic disease risk and burden, of South Asians in the U.S. as a group is considered. Additionally, the necessity of the practice of disaggregation in the study and treatment of South Asian Americans is emphasized. The biopsychosocial model of health (Engel 1977) is presented as a guiding framework for the handbook and its chapters.


South Asian American Biopsychosocial Disaggregation Chronic disease 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward C. Chang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marisa J. Perera
    • 2
  • Casey N.-H. Batterbee
    • 1
  • Zunaira Jilani
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.University of Miami-Coral GablesCoral GablesUSA
  3. 3.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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