Ethnocultural Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment

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Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner
Guilford Press, 2002 - Psychology - 447 pages
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This volume presents a culturally informed framework for understanding and treating substance abuse problems. From expert contributors, chapters cover specific ethnocultural groups in the United States, including Americans of African, Native American, Latino, European, Middle Eastern, and Asian descent. While emphasizing the need to see each client as a unique individual, the book examines how ethnocultural factors may affect a person's attitudes toward alcohol and other drugs, patterns of substance use, reasons for seeking treatment, and responsiveness to various interventions. Themes addressed include the impact of migration and acculturation issues, spiritual values and traditions, family structures, gender roles, and experiences of prejudice and discrimination. Featuring a wealth of illustrative clinical material, the volume makes concrete recommendations for more competent, effective assessment and intervention. It also guides clinicians toward greater awareness of the ways their own ethnocultural backgrounds may affect their interactions with clients.
  

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Contents

Ethnocultural Issues in Substance Abuse Treatment An Overview
3
WORKING WITH CLIENTS OF AFRICAN BACKGROUND
29
Substance Abuse in African American Communities
31
Substance Abuse Issues among EnglishSpeaking Caribbean People of African Ancestry
52
WORKING WITH CLIENTS OF NATIVE AMERICAN AND LATINO BACKGROUNDS
75
Native Americans and Substance Abuse
77
Substance Abuse among Cuban Americans
97
Substance Abuse in the Mexican American Population
111
Polish Identity and Substance Abuse
234
RussianSpeaking Substance Abusers New Country Old Problems
250
WORKING WITH CLIENTS OF MIDDLE EASTERN BACKGROUND
273
Substance Use among Arabs and Arab Americans Nuha Abudabbeh Andrew Hamid
275
Jewish Substance Abusers Existing but Invisible Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner
291
WORKING WITH CLIENTS OF ASIAN BACKGROUND
319
Substance Abuse Treatment Issues with Cambodian Americans
321
Ethnocultural Background and Substance Abuse Treatment of Chinese Americans
345

Toward an Understanding of Puerto Rican Ethnicity and Substance Abuse
137
WORKING WITH CLIENTS OF EUROPEAN BACKGROUND
165
Substance Abuse among Americans of British Descent
167
Substance Abuse Treatment with Clients of French Background
180
The Irish and Substance Abuse
199
Italian Culture and Its Impact on Addiction
216
Ethnocultural Background and Substance Abuse Treatment of Asian Indian Americans
368
Substance Abuse Interventions for Japanese and Japanese American Clients
393
Substance Abuse among Korean Americans A Sociocultural Perspective and Framework for Intervention
418
Index
437
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Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner, DSW, LCSW, is Professor at the Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work at New York University, where she is also Director of the Post-Master's Program in the Treatment of Alcohol- and Drug-Abusing Clients. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to Israel in 2003; Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel, in January 2002; and Visiting Professor at the Omsk State Pedagogical University in Siberia, Russia, in the spring of 2000. Dr. Straussner has authored and edited numerous publications dealing with substance abuse and is the founding editor of the new Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. She has served on the National Center on Substance Abuse Treatment panel on workforce issues and is a founding board member of the New York State Institute for Professional Development in Addictions. She serves as a consultant to various hospitals, agencies, and other organizations in New York and lectures on a variety of topics throughout the United States and abroad. She also has a private therapeutic and supervisory practice in New York City.

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