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Provides cultural background and insights essential for clinical/community practitioners to provide effective, culturally appropriate interventions within mental health and medical perspectives
Chapters provide theoretical and empirical background with focus on implications for practice and secondary emphasis on implications for training and future research
Extensive case studies are provided throughout
Sylvia C. Nassar-McMillan, Kristine J. Ajrouch, and Julie Hakim-Larson, Editors
One way integrative approaches to health care improve on traditional medical models is by recognizing the impact of cultural factors on health. While this evolution benefits clients of all ethnicities, it holds added significance to treating individuals of Arab descent, who face a wide range of new challenges and stressors in post-9/11 America.
Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans introduces an interdisciplinary lens by bringing together vital research on culture, psychosocial development, and key aspects of health and disease to address a wide range of salient concerns. Its scholarship mirrors the diversity of the Arab American population, exploring ethnic concepts in socio-historical and political contexts before reviewing findings on major health issues, including diabetes, cancer, substance abuse, mental illness, and maternal/child health. And by including policy and program strategies for disease prevention, health promotion, and environmental health, the book offers practitioners--and their clients--opportunities for proactive care. Featured in the coverage:
Family, gender and social identity issues
Arab Americans and the aging process
Acculturation and ethnic identity across the lifespan
Arab refugees: Trauma, resilience, and recovery
Cancer: Crossroads of ethnicity and environment
Health and well-being: Biopsychosocial prevention approaches
Arab American health disparities: A call for advocacy
Rich in cultural information and clinical insights, Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans is an important reference that can enhance health practices across the disciplines of medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, social work, counseling, and psychology.
Content Level »Professional/practitioner
Keywords »Americans of Arab descent - Arab Americans - Arab culture - Arab health - Arab pscyhosocial development - Arab psychosocial development - Arab sociopolitical history - Arab traditions - Arab-Americans - Cultural competence - Middle Easterners