Social Change and Psychosocial Adaptation in the Pacific Islands: Cultures in Transition

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The history of the Pacific Islands is noted for great upheavals, from colonization to tribal warfare, natural disasters to nuclear testing. More recently, political change, increasing technology and urbanization, and conflict between traditional and Western cultures have led to considerable social problems in the region. Substance and alcohol abuse, violence, cultural displacement, and suicide bring uncertainty to day-to-day life and stretch already overextended social ...
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Overview

The history of the Pacific Islands is noted for great upheavals, from colonization to tribal warfare, natural disasters to nuclear testing. More recently, political change, increasing technology and urbanization, and conflict between traditional and Western cultures have led to considerable social problems in the region. Substance and alcohol abuse, violence, cultural displacement, and suicide bring uncertainty to day-to-day life and stretch already overextended social resources.

Social Change and Psychosocial Adaptation in the Pacific Islands sensitively balances situations applicable across this vast geographical area with data and events relevant to individual nations in Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. Chapters are written by native clinicians, cultural anthropologists, cross-cultural psychologists, and other professionals serving the region, specifically focusing on: Hawaii, Aboriginal Australia, The Solomon Islands, Fiji, Guam, The Marshall Islands, The Federated States of Micronesia.

Each provides historical background, details the country's ethnic makeup, summarizes major cultural identity/survival issues, and examines its existing health care and mental health care systems.

The tasks ahead are large. Practitioners, researchers, and other professionals working with the peoples of the Pacific need culturally attuned resources to better collaborate on interventions, prevention programs, and policy. Social Change and Psychosocial Adaptation in the Pacific Islands rises to this complex challenge.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387232928
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 8/19/2005
  • Series: International and Cultural Psychology Series
  • Edition description: 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction
Anthony J. Marsella, Ayda Aukahi Austin, and Bruce A. Grant

Chapter 2. Social Change in the Pacific: Problems Old, Problems New, Problems Borrowed
Eugene Ogan

Chapter 3. The Dynamics of Cultural Trauma: Implications for the Pacific Nations
Michael Salzman

Chapter 4. Globalization of Human Services for Indigenous Youth in the Northern Territory, Australia
Bridie O’ Reilly, Stuart Carr, and Floyd Bolitho

Chapter 5. Fiji’s Move into the 21st Century
Robin Taylor

Chapter 6. The Federated State of Micronesia
Joakim Peter and Marcus Samo

Chapter 7. Guam
Juan Rapadas

Chapter 8. Understanding Substance Use and Violent Behavior in a Native Hawaiian Community
Ayda Aukahi Austin, Anthony J. Marsella

Chapter 9. The Republic of the Marshall Islands
Michael Jenkins and Cleveland McSwain

Chapter 10. Alcohol and Drug Use in Honiara, Solomon Islands: A Cause for Concern
Rolf Kuschel, 'Angikinui Francis T. Takiika, and Kiu 'Angiki

Chapter 11. Building Capacity for Epidemiologic Surveillance of Alcohol and other Drug Problems in the U.S. – Associated Pacific Islands
Amelia M. Arria and James C. Anthony

Chapter 12. Some Closing Comments
Anthony J. Marsella, Ayda Aukahi Austin, and Bruce A.Grant

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