Cross-Cultural Psychology: Contemporary Themes and Perspectives / Edition 1

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This book situates the essential areas of psychology within a cultural perspective, exploring the relationship of culture to psychological phenomena, from introduction and research foundations to clinical and social principles and applications.

• Includes contributions from an experienced, international team of researchers and teachers

• Brings together new perspectives and research findings with established psychological principles

• Organized around key issues of contemporary cross-cultural psychology, including ethnocentrism, diversity, gender and sexuality and their role in research methods

• Argues for the importance of culture as an integral component in the teaching of psychology

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Editorial Reviews

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"In short, this book has some worthwhile chapters, highlighting studies of importance in taking fuller account of cultural variations in psychological phenomena." (Social Psychological Review, 2011)

"Cross-Cultural Psychology will be of value not only to students of psychology and experienced psychologists, but also to practitioners and researchers in other disciplines where their work requires them to relate to and understand people. As one of the chapter author's comments, ‘increasingly, we hear that we are living in a global community'. Psychology has surely to embody the cultural  inclusiveness and sensitivity to reflect this in order to respond to the challenges of living in and understanding the greater multi-cultural community that is humanity." (Inclusion News, February 20110"In sum, this book contains an extraordinary mixture of the rich and stimulating and the pedestrian. The question arises for what kind of readership it is intended. The editorial introduction appears to assume that the prospective reader knows next to nothing about cross-cultural psychology, Moreover the editor, in both his preface and after-word, addresses 'the student reader', seeming to imply a text-book function." (Metapsychology, December 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405198042
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/18/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth D. Keith is Professor of Psychology at University of San Diego. He is author of more than 75 professional publications including Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Quality of Life (ed. with R.L. Schalock, 2000). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Western Psychological Association.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors.



Part I: Basic Concepts.

1. Introduction to Cross-Cultural Psychology (Kenneth D. Keith, University of San Diego).

2. Ethnocentrism: Seeing the World From Where We Stand (Kenneth D. Keith, University of San Diego).

Part II: Approaches to Cross-Cultural Research.

3. Methodological and Conceptual Issues in Cross-Cultural Research (Bernard C. Beins, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY).

4. Why Diversity Matters: The Power of Inclusion in Research Methods (Linda M. Woolf, Webster University, St Louis, MO, and Michael R. Hulsizer, Webster University, St Louis, MO).

Part III: Development.

5. Child Development Across Cultures (Adriana Molitor, University of San Diego, and Hui-Chin Hsu, University of Georgia).

6. Cultural Variations in Perceptions of Aging (James T. Gire, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA).

Part IV: Cognition.

7. Culture and Cognition (Michael Cole, University of California, San Diego, and Martin Packer, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, and University of the Andes, Bogota).

8. Cross-Cultural Differences in Visual Perception of Color, Illusions, Depth, and Pictures (William L. Phillips, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA).

9. Cross-Cultural Approaches and Issues in Educational Assessment (Howard T. Everson, City University of New York).

10. A Cross-Cultural Approach to Deconstructing Cognitive Processes in the  Mathematics Classroom: Japan and the United States (Noriyuki Inoue, University of San Diego. CA).

Part V: Gender and Sex Roles.

11. Women Across Cultures (Hilary Lips, Radford University, Radford, VA, and Katie Lawson, Radford University, Radford, VA).

12. Experiences of Sexual Minorities in Diverse Cultures (Linh Nguyen Littleford, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, and Mary E. Kite, Ball State University, Muncie, IN).

Part VI: Health, Disorders, and Treatment.

13. Cultural Influences on Health (Regan A. R. Gurung, University of Wisconsin).

14. Culture and Psychotherapy: Searching for an Empirically Supported Relationship (Junko Tanaka-Matsumi, Kwansei Gakuin University, Hyogo, Japan).

15. Evidence-Based Interventions for Culturally Diverse Children and Adolescents: The Case of Mexican .American Youth (Kristen McCabe, University of San Diego, and Allison Christian, Central Michigan University).

16. International Perspectives on Intellectual Disability (Robert L. Schalock, Hastings College, Chewelah, WA).

Part VII: Emotion and Well-Being.

17. Culture, Emotion, and Expression (David Matsumoto, San Francisco State University, and Hyi Sung Hwang, San Francisco State University).

18. Happiness Around the World (Jennifer Zwolinski, University of San Diego).

19. Well-being Across Cultures: Issues of Measurement and the Interpretation of Data (Robert A. Cummins, Deakin University, Burwood, VIC, Australia, and Anna L. D. Lau, Deakin University, Burwood, VIC, Australia).

Part VIII: Language and Communication.

20. Language and Culture: Commonality, Variation, and Mistaken Assumptions (David S. Kreiner, University of Central Missouri).

21. Crossing Boundaries: Cross-Cultural Communication (Leeva C. Chung, University of San Diego).

Part IX: Personality.

22. Culture and Theories of Personality: Western, Confucian, and Buddhist Perspectives (Peter J. Giordano, Belmont University, Nashville, TN).

23. East Meets West: The Non-Self Versus the Reified Self (Yozan Dirk Mosig, University of Nebraska at Kearney).

Part X: Social Psychology.

24. Multiple Dimensions of Human Diversity (Loreto R. Prieto, Iowa State University, and Sara Schwatken, Iowa State University).

25. Cross-Cultural Differences and Similarities in Attribution (Anne M. Koenig, University of San Diego, and Kristy K. Dean, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI)

26. The Importance of Attractiveness Across Cultures (Stephanie L. Anderson, Central Community College, Hastings, NE)

27. Multicultural.Identity Development: Theory and Research (Richard L. Miller, University of Nebraska at Kearney).

28. Cross-Cultural Organizational Psychology: An African Perspective (Terence Jackson, Middlesex University Business School, UK).

Part XI: Concluding Thoughts.

29. Cross-Cultural Psychology in Perspective: What Does the Future Hold? (Kenneth D. Keith, University of San Diego).


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