Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research

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Donna K. Nagata, Laura Kohn-Wood, Lisa A. Suzuki
American Psychological Association, 2012 - Psychology - 278 pages
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Culture has become one of the most important constructs in contemporary psychology, yet when behavioral and social scientists attempt to research ethnocultural communities, they typically rely on wholly quantitative methods, excluding the richness and vitality that numbers alone cannot convey. This volume presents the state-of-the-art discourse on qualitative methods in psychology and community studies. Geared toward multiple audiences, Qualitative Strategies for Ethnocultural Research provides crucial background on the methodological concepts of qualitative approaches to appeal to undergraduate and graduate students being trained in qualitative methods. Yet it includes a wide range of detailed case examples on innovative qualitative approaches to attract researchers in the behavioral and social sciences. Anyone involved in community-level ethnographic research or psychological intervention programs will benefit from this significant and timely work. The chapters in Part I of this edited volume span an array of methodological issues in qualitative research, with particular attention to studies and interventions in ethnocultural communities that have been marginalized. Part II includes chapters that address specific qualitative research applications. Authors from the United States and abroad provide examples of research dilemmas and recommendations for this and the next generation of qualitative researchers.

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Lisa Suzuki conducts research in the area of multicultural assessment in particular understanding how culture impacts the process of cognitive assessment. Her work also focuses on the usage of qualitative research strategies with diverse ethnocultural groups. She serves as an Associate Editor of The Counseling Psychologist, Consulting Editor of The Journal of Psychological Assessment, and Consulting Editor of The Asian Journal of Counseling. She is senior co-editor of the Handbook of Multicultural Assessment now in its third edition (with Joseph Ponterotto) and co editor of The Handbook of Multicultural Counseling (with Joseph Ponterotto, Manuel Casas, and Charlene Alexander) also in its third edition. She is co-author of Intelligent Testing with Minority Students (with Richard Valencia) and co-editor of Using Qualitative Methods in Psychology (with Mary Kopala). Suzuki currently co-editing a text (with Donna Nagata and Laura Kohn-Wood) entitled Qualitative Strategies with Ethnocultural Populations to be published by APA Books. She is currently working with Jacqueline Mattis and a group of doctoral students on a study focusing on meaning making among survivors of the Holocaust in collaboration with Elizabeth Edelstein of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. Suzuki is the recipient of the Distinguished Contribution bestowed by the Asian American Psychological Association (2006) and the Visionary Leadership Award from the National Multicultural Conference and Summit (2007). Suzuki served as the Vice-President of Diversity and Public Interest for the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) of the American Psychological Association (2002-2005). Suzuki received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1992 and has taught in the counseling psychology programs at Fordham University and the University of Oregon.

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