Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Ethnic Minorities in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Jessica ChenFengEmail author
  • Mudita Rastogi
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_505

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Ethnic Minorities in Couple and Family Therapy


AAPI; African American; Alaskan Natives; Asian; Asian American; Black; Cultural minorities; Hispanic; Latino; Minority communities; Minority populations; Native American; Pacific Islanders; People of color; Race; Racial groups; Racial minorities


“Ethnicity, the concept of a group’s ‘peoplehood’ refers to a group’s commonality of ancestry and history, through which people have evolved shared values and customs over the centuries” (McGoldrick et al. 2005, p. 2). In every part of the world, some ethnicities make up the majority and other ethnicities are in the minority. It is important to note that while the terms “race” and “ethnicity” are used interchangeably in everyday language, they have distinctly different meanings. The former refers to an erroneous notion of biological differences between subgroups of people based on external appearance. However, this simplified way of classifying and ranking...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California State University – NorthridgeNorthridgeUSA
  2. 2.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA