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1st Edition

Therapeutic Interventions with Ethnic Elders
Health and Social Issues

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ISBN 9780789002730
Published June 12, 2001 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

Provide effective services to ethnic elders with culturally competent training!

Therapeutic Interventions with Ethnic Elders: Health and Social Issues provides culture-specific information to health and social work professionals. You will explore distinctive qualities that are found in ten different ethnic groups to help you better serve these populations. The historical events that have shaped these elders’often-adverse reactions to mainstream providers are also included. Ideas on how to effectively approach these situations are included to improve your skills with a diverse population of clients.

The information in Therapeutic Interventions with Ethnic Elders is invaluable to health care administrators who plan services and hire personnel to work with various ethnic groups. The book also functions as a training tool to increase the awareness of staff members who currently work with ethnically diverse populations. You will learn to recognize culturally driven behaviors in ethnic elders and how to make appropriate interventions.

Some of the general and culture-specific issues that Therapeutic Interventions with Ethnic Elders addresses are:

  • helping ethnic elders to feel comfortable utilizing your services
  • appropriately modifying therapy to meet the individual's cultural background
  • reinforcing a new sense of independence for these elders by helping them understand available services
  • understanding cultural inhibitions in Japan that hide, deny, or ignore mental illness
  • realizing that traditional Euro-American psychotherapy techniques cannot be readily transplanted and applied to all other cultures
  • addressing depression, anxiety, increased illness, intergenerational conflict, and even marital conflict combined with the stress of assimilation and acculturation among Russian emigrants
  • understanding folk beliefs and the importance of the role of the church for many elder African-Americans
Therapeutic Interventions with Ethnic Elders addresses the need for practitioners, agencies, and institutions to understand and respect the different characteristics of each elderly minority population. You will examine the unique historical contexts of Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, African, Russian, Navajo, Yaqui, Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican elders and explore the stress factors that come with immigrating, such as finding a peaceful place to live and being confronted by age discrimination and racism. This important book explains cultural behaviors to provide you with effective suggestions for providing optimum care to the ethnic elders in your life.

Table of Contents


  • About the Editors
  • Contributors
  • Introduction
  • Demographics
  • Chapter 1. Culture-Specific Theoretical and Conceptual Models of Aging
  • Chapter 2. Therapeutic Interventions with Elders of Japanese Ancestry
  • How People of Japanese Ancestry in the United States Identify and Define Themselves
  • Cultural Influences on Americans of Japanese Ancestry
  • Health Issues Among Japanese Elderly
  • Social and Health Services Available to Japanese Elderly
  • Chapter 3. Vietnamese-American Elders
  • A Brief History of Vietnamese Immigration
  • Demographic Information
  • Adjustment Experiences
  • Vietnamese Elderly
  • Sources of Worry or Anxiety
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Guidelines for Working with Vietnamese Americans
  • Chapter 4. Elderly Russian Jewish Immigrants
  • Basic Demographic Information
  • Intergenerational Issues and Family Caregiving
  • Theoretical Perspectives and Key Concepts
  • The Process of Assimilation
  • Health Care Utilization and Access
  • Recommendations and Guidelines
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5. African-American Elders
  • Family System
  • Acculturation and Physical Health
  • Acculturation and Mental Health
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Elderly Puerto Ricans
  • Theoretical Perspectives
  • Factors Hypothesized to Impact Elderly Puerto Ricans
  • Physical Health Status of Elderly Puerto Ricans
  • Mental Health Status of Elderly Puerto Ricans
  • Use of Social Services by Elderly Puerto Ricans
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 7. Cuban-American Elders
  • Historical Background of Cuban Immigrants
  • Demography of Elderly Cuban Americans
  • Health Status of Cuban Elderly
  • Health Care Services
  • Conclusion and Implications
  • Chapter 8. Mexican-American Elders
  • Population Trends and Statistics
  • Traits of the Population
  • Issues Related to Level of Acculturation
  • Implications for Health and Social Service Providers
  • Anticipated Changes and Recommendations
  • Chapter 9. The Yaqui (Yoeme) Elderly
  • The Current Cohort of the Yaqui Elderly
  • Yaqui Culture
  • Demographics that Impact Roles
  • Language Discrimination
  • Implications for Health and Social Services Practice
  • Yaqui Health Beliefs and Practices in Action
  • Chapter 10. Navajo Elders
  • The Diné
  • The Beginning
  • Government
  • Federal-Tribal Relationship
  • Navajo-Federal Relationship
  • Navajo Elders
  • Traditional and Modern Medical Care
  • Traditional and Current Health Care Behavior
  • Chapter 11. Views and Visions: Moving Toward Culturally Competent Practice
  • Common Themes
  • Policy, Program, and Research Directions
  • Research
  • Educational Objectives for Health and Social Service Providers
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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