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A Cultural Safety Approach to Health Psychology

Authors: Thompson, Pauline, Taylor, Kerry Anne

  • Applies the concept of cultural safety – embraced by health professionals in New Zealand, Australia, and Canada – to a U.S. context with cultural differences broadly defined to include race, religion, sexuality, gender, age or socioeconomic attributes
  • Adopts a decolonizing framework that links health disparities to histories of colonization
  • Includes pedagogical features such as chapter objectives, scenarios, and discussion questions, making it an accessible resource for students and practitioners alike
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About this book

This book applies the concept of cultural safety to the field of health psychology in a US context as a means to achieve health equity. First developed in New Zealand by Māori midwives, cultural safety can be understood as both a philosophy and a way of working within a social model of health as an alternative approach to understanding health and illness. Health, social, and human service professionals are at the forefront of interactions with a range of people who often experience disparities in health and social outcomes. 
In thirteen chapters, the authors explore the social determinants of health; the practices and pitfalls of intercultural communication; and community capacity, resilience, and strengths as correctives to discourses of deficiency. The book concludes with a comparative look at cultural safety in different national contexts, and a discussion of the value of critical reflective practice. Complete with chapter objectives, scenarios, suggested readings and films, and questions for critical thinking, this book is an invaluable resource for students and practitioners alike in health psychology and related fields, and a vital contribution to the literature on cultural safety. 


About the authors

Pauline B. Thompson is Professor of Psychology at the Pennsylvania State University Brandywine Campus, USA. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, she has held academic appointments at Flinders University and the University of South Australia in Australia and Waikato University in New Zealand.

Kerry Taylor is Associate Professor at Flinders University in South Australia. She has worked and taught in Indigenous health and education, including cultural awareness/safety teaching, for over 30 years. 

Reviews

“This book is an invaluable resource for psychology students that puts cultural safety at the forefront of physical and mental health and facilitates thinking beyond the biomedical model. The authors incorporate a broad range of effective teaching methods in their chapters. Even more importantly, the book does not shy away from uncomfortable discussions, challenging us all to think beyond the colonial lens through which the health and psychology fields have historically operated.”

–  Dr. Mary Cwik, Center for American Indian Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA


"This is a landmark publication. The lack of cultural safety is one of our biggest challenges in the US health care system. We need to centralize the experience of diverse voices and communities, especially the hidden/marginalized, if we are to achieve health equity. Cultural safety is the most comprehensive approach to cultural discourse in health care. Training a workforce that has the ability work safely with cultural difference and to address the persistent inequities in the history and system of health and health care should be our #1 priority. I dream that someday we can require cultural safety throughout our health care system. This book provides the necessary introduction to cultural safety for health care in the United States."

— Prof. Nathaniel Mohatt, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, USA 


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction and Terminology

    Pages 1-24

    Thompson, Pauline B. (et al.)

  • Culture-Focused Frameworks for Service Delivery

    Pages 25-43

    Thompson, Pauline B. (et al.)

  • Cultural Safety

    Pages 45-64

    Thompson, Pauline B. (et al.)

  • Models of Health and Well-Being

    Pages 65-88

    Thompson, Pauline B. (et al.)

  • History Taking

    Pages 89-112

    Thompson, Pauline B. (et al.)

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Cultural Safety Approach to Health Psychology
Authors
Series Title
Sustainable Development Goals Series
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-76849-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-76849-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-76848-5
Series ISSN
2523-3084
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 310
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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