Title

Assessing and Treating Latinos: Overview of Mental Health Research

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Language

eng

Format of Original

17 p.

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

Elsevier (Academic Press)

Source Publication

Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health, 2nd Edition Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations

Source ISSN

9780123944207

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of research on the mental health of Latinos in the United States with emphasis on the cultural constructs and theories with relevance for assessment and intervention with this population. A distinction is made between factors that confer advantages and those that may increase vulnerability at both the individual and environmental levels. This chapter suggests that treatment considerations need to be tailored based on individual needs that incorporate complexities of culture and gender so that clients are not viewed in a stereotypical manner. This discussion is followed by a summary of contemporary research rooted in positive and resilience psychology in order to build on strengths within the culture, such as positive ethnic identity, civic engagement, family support, bicultural teaching in the home, spirituality, and storytelling.

Comments

"Assessing and Treating Latinos: Overview of Mental Health Research," in Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health, 2nd Edition: Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations. Eds. Freddy A. Paniagua and Ann-Marie Yamada. Waltham, MA: Elsevier Academic Press, 2013: 327-343. DOI.