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From The CriticsReviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book covers many issues involved in providing mental healthcare for recent Hispanic immigrants. The Latino population is now the largest minority group in the U.S., according to the latest census, so clinicians need to be apprised of the most up-to-date research and practice. This book was copublished simultaneously as Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Services, Volume 3, Numbers 1/2 2005.
Purpose: In the foreword, Ian A. Canino states that the book "specifically addresses the psychological and cultural profiles that distinguish migrant Latino groups in this country. In doing so it informs mental health clinicians about competent interventions." The book definitely meets the editors' objectives.
Audience: The intended audience is mental health clinicians, but graduate students in psychology, psychiatry, and social work would benefit as well. The editors are very credible authorities. Dr. Manny Gonzalez, Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, is currently conducting psychotherapy intervention research with Hispanic children. Dr. Gladys Gonzalez-Ramos, Associate Professor at the New York School of Social Work and Adjunct Associate Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine, is working with persons and family caregivers from culturally diverse backgrounds affected by Parkinson's disease. Both editors have published fairly extensively and the contributors are credible authorities in mental healthcare for Hispanic clients.
Features: This book focuses on recent Hispanic immigrants including Mexicans, Cubans, Dominicans, South Americans, and Central Americans. Many of the chapters include demographic profile, mental health service utilization, research on symptom expression and ethnocultural factors, research on mental health practice with ethnic minorities, family caregiving and participation in services, and implications for practice. The book is good because it is practical, integrating the latest research with practice ideas. It is easy to read and covers a number of Hispanic groups. The appendix offers a resource list of National Hispanic Organizations. However, I was a little disappointed because there was not much written about Puerto Rican culture. In addition, there were very few clinical case studies.
Assessment: All in all, this book contains important research and clinical information for clinicians working with Hispanic clients. Since it focuses almost exclusively on recent immigrants, it is somewhat unique.