Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Second Edition

Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Second Edition

by Monica McGoldrick

This widely used clinical resource and text was among the first to demonstrate the crucial significance of a family's cultural system in therapeutic work. Chapters are designed to enhance the cultural competance of clinicians working with members of over 40 different ethnic groups in the United States, including families of European, Latino, Asian, African, Middle


This widely used clinical resource and text was among the first to demonstrate the crucial significance of a family's cultural system in therapeutic work. Chapters are designed to enhance the cultural competance of clinicians working with members of over 40 different ethnic groups in the United States, including families of European, Latino, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Native American heritage. Ethnic profiles and case studies are presented not as definitive or stereotypical descriptions, but rather as informative frameworks for equipping practitioners with a sense of the cultural issues they may encounter in practice.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I have used the first edition since it was published. The revised and expanded edition makes it even more valuable." —Trevor Watts, PhD, Canisius College, Religious Studies

"I have used the first edition for years. This second edition is a wonderful expansion of the content." —William R. McPeak, PhD, Syracuse University School of Social Work

"Ethnicity and Family Therapy has long been an indispensable resource for teaching about the centrality of culture in the helping process. Now McGoldrick and Giordano have given teachers and trainers of future clinicians and their students an even richer compendium in the second edition of their work. This latest volume recognizes even more fully the wondrous diversity of families who come to the attention of helping professionals. It greatly expands understanding of what it means to be of Asian, Latin, or African descent, of the bountiful variety of cultures which spring from a common ancestry. It enables practitioners to examine their own culturally-determined values and beliefs and gain new recognition of their presence in each therapeutic encounter. The second edition of Ethnicity and Family Therapy adds both breadth and depth to the knowledge base for culturally competent practice." —Martha Morrison Dore, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work

"The second edition of Ethnicity & Family Therapy reinforces the preeminence of this publication as the first resource on culture in the field of family therapy. It is more than comprehensive with its breadth of coverage about cultural heritage. It achieves clarity and sensitivity in what is complex and delicate. Ultimately, Ethnicity & Family Therapy speaks to the family therapist in language that is both culturally informed and therapeutically sophisticated." —Harry J. Aponte, ACSW

"This is an excellent book that should be read by all therapists working with different ethnic populations. It is insightful, thoughtful, and filled with important information. I highly recommend it." —Alvin F. Poussaint, MD, Harvard Medical School; Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston, MA

"The first edition of Ethnicity and Family Therapy was an eye-opener for many family therapists. The second edition is even more elaborate that the first one. The editors succeeded in creating a broader and more in depth description of the topic of ethnicity, highlighting specific problems of a great variety of groups of people who try to accommodate to their new culture. This book is not only of great importance for American therapists, it should be read by others as well, because many Western-European countries meet the same questions with immigration. 'All of us,' according to the editors, 'are migrants, moving between our ancestors' traditions, the worlds we inhabit and the world we will leave to those who come after us.'" —Max J. van Trommel, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist

"This book is a marvelous probe of how combining cultural differences and human similarities creates a balanced new entity, thus transforming potential danger of stereotyping in creative new therapeutic ideas and interventions. I found it subtle and inspiring." —Cornelia M. Jessurun, MSW, family therapist, Amsterdam

"The comprehensive coverage of this book and the complex ethnicities of its authorship, will make it an essential work of reference for all family therapy training; as well as for all practitioners whose knowledge of our changing world needs to keep pace with the multiple realities now entering the consulting room. A useful format balances a broad overview addressing the culture and history of particular regions of the world, which precedes sets of chapters covering discrete ethnicities as these have developed within those regions. The particularities of history are related to patterns of migration and to the challenges and difficulties different peoples will have addressed in different periods in facing the economic, social, and cultural adaptations to life in the USA. While these adaptations would be different in the UK and West Europe, the approach of the book is to contextualize families within their cultures both before and following migration so that aspects of the work remains highly relevant to UK and West European readers. What I have read of the stories of ethnicity showed that this was a book that would offer new meanings to my understanding of many aspects of the lives of families I see each week and would enable me to develop my therapeutic curiosity in better informed ways. It's also helped my mother understand her brother after 70-odd years (see Greek families)." —Gill Gorell Barnes

"This is the first time I have used the latest edition of Ethnicity and Family Therapy. Like the older edition this textbook continues to be outstanding. I have found the text extremely effective in my graduate course in educational administration, 'Administration and Supervision of Staff Personnel.' At a period in our history when our schools are faced with the greatest diversity of students, this text should be required reading and a source book for all educational administrators." —Frank P. Merlo, Graduate Professor of Education, Montclair State University

A valuable addition to every library and community mental health clinic.
Journal of Family Practice
This text was written with a professional audience in mind, but as I began reading it, it also became a personal guide for understanding my own background and culture in relation to others....The chapters are brief, but rich. Each contains an historical overview of the people, including their migration experiences, that provides a context for understanding values, traits, and traditions of the group....Ethnicity and Family Therapy has a much broader audience and application than that of family therapists; this book will speak to any professional who works with people.
Family Medicine
While the book is addressed to family therapists, the history, culture, and background in each chapter can be appreciated by anyone....[Its] combination of quality presentation and accessibility...will attract diverse readers, regardless of their level of training or experience with diverse clients.
Journal of Multicultural Social Work
...captures in one resourceful book a rich array of ethnic paradigms....Both beginning students and seasoned family clinicians working in multicultural communities can benefit from the `culture vision' inspired by the unique ethnic paradigms presented in this comprehensive book....An invaluable resource for the family practitioner in pursuit of cultural competence
Forty-eight articles encompass the broad range of cultural influences encountered in clinical practice today. The articles are arranged by ethnicity into nine sections: American Indian, Latino, Asian American, Middle Eastern, Asian Indian, Jewish and Slavic families and families of African and European origin. Each section includes an overview chapter and chapters which address specific nationalities. The text is designed for advanced courses in family therapy, social work, psychotherapy, and counseling. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Read an Excerpt

1. Therapy with Families in Our Multi-Ethnic Society, McGoldrick and Giordano
I. Native American Families
2. Native American Families, An Overview, Sutton and Broken Nose
3. Back to the Future: An Examination of the Native American Holocaust Experience,
Tafoya and Del Vecchio
II. Families of African Origin
4. Families of African Origin: An Overview, Black
5. African American Families, Moore Hines and Boyd-Franklin
6. Jamaican Families, Brice-Baker
7. Haitian Families, Bibb and Casimir
8. African American Muslim Families, Mahmoud
9. Nigerian Families, Nwadiora
III. Latino Families
10. Latino Families: An Overview, Garcia-Preto
11. Cuban Families, Bernal and Shapiro
12. Mexican Families, Falicov
13. Puerto Rican Families, Garcia-Preto
14. Brazilian Families, Korin
15. Central American Families, Hernandez
IV. Asian Families
16. Asian Families: An Overview, Lee
17. Chinese Families, Lee
18. Japanese Families, Matsui
19. Korean Families, Kim
20. Vietnamese Families, Leung and Boehnlein
21. Cambodian Families, McKenzie-Pollock
22. Indonesian Families, Piercy, Soekandar, and Limansubroto
23. Filipino Families, Santa Rita
V. Middle Eastern Families
24. Middle Eastern Families: An Overview, Abudabbeh
25. Iranian Families, Jalali
26. Lebanese Families, Simons
27. Armenian Families, Dagirmanjian
VI. Asian Indian Families
28. Hindu, Christian and Muslim, Almeida
VII. Families of European Origin
29. European Families: An Overview, Giordano and McGoldrick
30. Amish Families, Emery
31. Anglo Families, McGill and Pearce
32. Dutch Families, De Master and Giordano
33. French Canadian Families, Langelier
34. German Families, Winawer Steiner and Wetzel
35. Greek Families, Tsemberis and Orfanos
36. Hungarian Families, Smith
37. Irish Families, McGoldrick
38. Italian Families, Giordano and McGoldrick
39. Portuguese Families, Araujo
40. Scandinavian Families, Erickson and Sinkjaer Simon
VIII. Jewish Families
41. Jewish Families: An Overview, Rosen and Weltman
42. Soviet Jewish Families, Fein
43. Israeli Families, Fogelman
IX. Slavic Families
44. Slavic Families: An Overview, Marganoff and Folwarski
45. Polish Families, Folwarski and Marganoff
46. Slovak Families, Kerr
47. Russian Families, Althusen
48. Czech Families, Krestan

What People are saying about this

Alvin F. Poussaint
This is an excellent book that should be read by all therapists working with different ethnic populations. It is insightful, thoughtful, and filled with important information. I highly recommend it.
— Harvard Medical School; Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston, MA

Meet the Author

Monica McGoldrick, ACSW, PhD (h.c.), is the cofounder and Director of the Family Institute of New Jersey. An Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Visiting Professor at Fordham University School of Social Service, she also serves on the faculty of the Family Institute of Westchester. She has received a number awards for her work, including an honorary doctorate from Smith College for her many contributions to the field and the annual award of the American Family Therapy Academy for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy, Theory, and Practice. Known internationally for her many books, she has spoken widely on a variety of topics including culture, class, gender, the family life cycle, grief and loss, genograms, and family relationships.

Joe Giordano, M.S.W., is Director of Ethnicity and Mental Health Associates and was formerly Director of the American Jewish Committee's Center on Ethnicity, Behavior, and Communications, where he conducted pioneering studies on the psychological nature of ethnic identity and group behavior. Widely published, his articles on ethnicity, family, and the media have appeared in national magazines and newspapers. He also served as host on Proud to Be Me, a PBS television program for adolescents on race and ethnic identity, and is currently producing the radio series Growing Up in America—Many Families, Many Cultures.

John K. Pearce, M.D., is Medical Director of the Island Counseling Center at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Widely published, he is President of the International Association for the Study of Comparative Psychology and serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of an Internet journal, the International Journal of Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, and Psychotherapy.

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