Suicide Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups: Theory, Research, and Practice

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Frederick T. L. Leong, Mark M. Leach
Routledge, 2008 - Psychology - 334 pages

Suicide is increasingly understood and predicted as an intersection of biological, psychological, cognitive, and sociocultural factors. We have some basic knowledge of these factors and how they interact, but presently we know very little about how culture can play a role as a variable that influences suicide. Suicide Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups will go a long way towards filling that gap by pulling together cutting edge empirical research from general cultural diversity literature and applying it to suicide assessment, treatment, and prevention theory and practice. By looking outside of the limited cross-cultural studies done within suicidal populations, the contributors – all established experts in both multicultural counseling and suicidology – expand the available empirical literature base in order to provide a deeper look into how culture can act as an important catalyst in suicidal intentions.

Following theoretical overviews, the text focuses on six broad ethic groups classified in the literature (African American, American Indian, Asian American, European American, Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, and Hispanic), with a main chapter devoted to each, relating each culture to suicide research, highlighting specific variables within the culture that can influence suicide, and presenting appropriate treatment considerations. A final section of the book consists of practical applications within specific settings (therapy, outreach, schools, psychiatric services) and prevention and training issues.

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Theories of Suicide
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Frederick T. L. Leong, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology (Industrial/Organizational and Clinical Psychology Programs) and Director of the Center for Multicultural Psychology Research at Michigan State University. He has authored or co-authored more than 110 articles in various psychology journals, as well as 70 book chapters. In addition, he has edited or co-edited 10 books. Dr. Leong is a Fellow of the APA (Divisions 1, 2, 12, 17, 45, 52), Association for Psychological Science, Asian American Psychological Association, and the International Academy for Intercultural Research. His major research interests center around culture and mental health, cross-cultural psychotherapy (especially with Asians and Asian Americans), and cultural and personality factors related to career choice and work adjustment. He is past president of APA s Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), the Asian American Psychological Association, and the Division of Counseling Psychology in the International Association of Applied Psychologists. He is currently serving on the APA Board of Scientific Affairs, the Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Committee, and the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training (CEMRRAT2) Task Force. He is the 2007 co-recipient of the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology.

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