1st Edition

Cultural Foundations and Interventions in Latino/a Mental Health
History, Theory and within Group Differences

ISBN 9780815386377
Published January 3, 2018 by Routledge
252 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Advancing work to effectively study, understand, and serve the fastest growing U.S. ethnic minority population, this volume explicitly emphasizes the racial and ethnic diversity within this heterogeneous cultural group. The focus is on the complex historical roots of contemporary Latino/as, their diversity in skin-color and physiognomy, racial identity, ethnic identity, gender differences, immigration patterns, and acculturation. The work highlights how the complexities inherent in the diverse Latino/a experience, as specified throughout the topics covered in this volume, become critical elements of culturally responsive and racially conscious mental health treatment approaches. By addressing the complexities, within-group differences, and racially heterogeneity characteristic of U.S. Latino/as, this volume makes a significant contribution to the literature related to mental health treatments and interventions.

Table of Contents

Foreword Patricia Arredondo Part I: Socio-Cultural Foundations 1. The Diverse Historical Roots of Today’s Latino/as: Learning from our Past to Move into the Future 2. Skin Color Differences within Latino/as: Historical & Contemporary Implications of Colorism 3. The History of Latino/a in the United States: Journeys of Hope, Struggle, & Resilience Part II: Understanding Within Group Latino/a Differences 4. Socio-historical Construction of Latina/o Gender Ideologies: Integrating Indigenous and Contemporary Perspectives into Treatment 5. Adapting to a New Country: Models & Theories of Acculturation Applied to the Diverse Latino/a Population 6. Skin Color Matters: Towards a New Framework that Considers Racial and Ethnic Identity Development Among Latino/as Part III: Culturally Responsive and Racially Conscious Clinical Practice with Latino/as 7. Towards a Complex Understanding of Mental Health Service Utilization among Latino/as: Considering Context, Power, and Within Group Differences 8. Roots of Connectedness: Application of Latino/a Cultural Values in Mental Health Care 9. Culturally Responsive and Racially Conscious Mental Health Approaches with Latino/as Part IV: The Impact of Latino/a Psychology on Racially & Ethnically Diverse Students and Professionals 10. The Impact of Latino/a Psychology on Racially & Ethnically Diverse Students and Professionals

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Hector Y. Adames, Psy.D. received his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Wright State University and completed his internship at the Boston University School of Medicine’s Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology (CMTP). He is an Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and a practicing Neuropsychologist.

Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, Ph.D. received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She is an Associate Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she leads a graduate concentration program in Latino/a mental health. She is a practicing Clinical Psychologist. 


"Superb! Cultural Foundations and Interventions in Latino/a Mental Health is a must read for anyone interested in Latina/os. Hector Adames and Nayeli Chavez-Dueñas weaved psychological theory, research, and practice into a healing arpillera. This invaluable book is a timely and essential contribution to the field."

Lillian Comas-Diaz, Executive Director & Clinical Professor, George Washington University School of Medicine and Transcultural Mental Health Institute, USA

"This is one of the most engaging, thorough, and practical books on Latino/a Mental Health."

– Martin La Roche, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, USA.

"This book offers a major contribution to understanding and effectively working with Latino/a students, families and mental health clients. It presents an excellent history of the journey of Latinos/a in the United States and their ability to maintain hope, dignity and connection to the past and future. The authors offer a powerful discussion of the role of skin color in Latino/a ethnic and cultural identity."

Joseph L. White, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of California, Irvine, USA.