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1st Edition

Families and Health
Cross-Cultural Perspectives

ISBN 9780789016591
Published January 2, 2002 by Routledge
112 Pages

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Book Description

Promote culturally competent social work practice with families of many traditions!

This broad-ranging book highlights the enormous importance of the family in enhancing individuals’ health and in safeguarding mental health. Families and Health offers an international scope and a multicultural frame of reference. The original research presented here includes both qualitative and quantitative studies on the role of family support in maintaining personal well-being.

These empirical studies look at groups as diverse as elderly Samoans living in Hawaii, Nigerian families living in Africa, and children of all races and ethnic groups living in Florida foster care. The results are consistent across the cultures, however. Good family support prevents many health problems and ameliorates such unpreventable ones as aging. Poor family support leads to increased physical and emotional illness as well as higher rates of drug abuse and other addictions.

Families and Health discusses the role healthy families play in various health and mental health issues, including:

  • preventing drug use
  • successful treatment for substance abuse
  • caregiving of the frail elderly
  • dealing with relatives who suffer from schizophrenia

    This helpful book will be of use in promoting culturally competent practice among social workers, psychologists, therapists, and gerontologists. It will also be of interest to policymakers, health and wellness researchers, and scholars in ethnic studies.

Table of Contents


  • Editor’s Comments
  • Guest Editor’s Statement
  • A Study of Attitudes Toward Aging and Caregiving Patterns Among Samoan Families in Hawaii
  • Searching for Family: Voices of Florida’s Foster Children
  • Family Involvement and Schizophrenia: A Developmental Model
  • The Role of Family in Promoting Drug Free Communities in Nigeria
  • A Study of Family Fighting and Illegal Drug Use Among Adults Who Completed Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Parental Involvement, Needs and Drug-Related Service Utilization Among Mexican Middle and High School Students
  • American Beauty???
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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