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Most chapters begin with “Introduction” and conclude with “References” and “Conclusion.”
A Few Notes to the Reader.
Health and Wellness.
Dimensions of Wellness.
Health Concerns of the Twenty-First Century.
A Demographic Profile of the Four Major Minority Groups and Selected Health Concerns.
Other Ethnic Minority Races in the United States.
Cultural Customs and Behaviors.
Factors That Influence Access to Medical Care.
Two Theoretical Explanations for Ritual Healing Success.
General Overview of the Lay Theories of Illness Causation.
3. Ethnic Minority American Families.
Cultural Diversity within Minority Families.
The Hispanic American/Latino Family.
The African American Family.
The Native American Family.
The Asian American Family.
4. Stress and Culture.
The Mind-Body Connection.
A Brief Definition of Stress.
Social Stressors That Affect Minority Populations.
More Stressors for Minority Americans: Violence, Homicide, and Gangs.
Coping with Stress.
5. Culture and Mental Health.
The Importance of Healthy Self-Esteem.
Humanistic Theories of Personality.
The Basic Needs Model Applied to Minority Student Stressors.
The Basic Needs Model Applied to Gang Participation.
Suicidal Behavior among Minority Youth.
Mental Health and Help-Seeking Behavior Patterns of Minority Americans.
6. Culture, Food, and Unhealthy Eating Behaviors.
The USDA's Food Guide Pyramid: A Guide to Daily Food Choices.
Ethnic Diets and the Food Pyramid.
Unhealthy Eating Behaviors.
7. Minority Drug Use.
A Comparison of the 1990 and 1995 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse.
Drug Use by the “Other” Race.
Tobacco and Smokeless Tobacco.
Smokeless Tobacco Use.
Peyotism: An American Indian Religion.
Drug Treatment Problems Associated with Race.
Recommendations for Prevention and Treatment of Drug Abuse.
8. Cardiovascular Disease, Cancer, and other Disorders in Minority Americans.
Cancer Morbidity and Mortality.
The Sickle Syndromes.
9. Infectious Diseases.
The Infectious Process.
Our Body's Defense System against Infectious Diseases.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
Tuberculosis: The World's Deadliest Infectious Disease.
Intestinal Parasitic Infections.
Preventing Communicable Diseases: Childhood Immunizations.
10. Sex-Specific Issues and Concerns.
Sex-Specific Health Problems for Women.
Contraceptive Use in Minority Populations.
Male-Specific Health Problems and Concerns.