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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Thanh Thai, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This multiauthored book explores how the process of acculturation affects the mental health of Asian Americans. It uses both research and practical clinical insights to help mental health professionals understand the specific mental health needs that may arise during acculturation.
Purpose: The purpose is to help mental health clinicians better understand the ways in which the process of acculturation directly influences the mental health of the Asian American community. The development of thorough assessment and treatment plans for patients requires the integration of a culturally relevant perspective that takes into account how patients experience their world. This perspective includes understanding the process of acculturation, and the authors seek to explore the research and clinical implications of this perspective as applied to the Asian American experience.
Audience: Although mental health clinicians are the intended audience, most clinicians, particularly those in primary care who serve as the first access point for patients into the American medical system, would find this handbook clinically useful. While the book focuses on the Asian American experience, the exploration of the effects of acculturation on mental health is applicable to other populations. Furthermore, the authors' exploration of the research implications makes this book useful for researchers in the field, and may therefore lead to better understanding of acculturation effects on other populations.
Features: The first of the book's two parts focuses on research into acculturation in Asian American mental health and has information pertaining to both research methodology (i.e., measurement tools) as well as epidemiological data. The second part focuses on clinical implications of acculturation, with chapters exploring the impact of migration and resettlement while focusing on specific populations such as children, adolescents, and the elderly.
Assessment: This handbook contains clinically relevant material to help clinicians better understand the affects of acculturation on the mental health of Asian Americans. The information can be helpful for understanding the specific difficulties that these patients experience, whether as refugee with PTSD or as part of an intergenerational conflict in an immigrant family. Furthermore, the research implications can help the exploration of similar issues in other populations. As such, this handbook can be useful to mental health professionals as well as primary care providers and researchers.