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Ethnocultural Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment - Shulamith Lala Ashenberg Straussner

Ethnocultural Factors in Substance Abuse Treatment

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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.

'This is a superb, comprehensive primer for all clinicians. In uniformly thorough and clear chapters, the editor and contributing authors teach the reader how to think about the theoretical and practical significance of context and the multiple factors of race, ethnicity, and culture--always present and always wielding a critical influence. Reading this text is like learning a new language whose ideas and vocabulary open a wide new territory. In a world where diversity is normal, the concepts of cultural identity and ethnocultural conflict are key. This volume provides a map of cultural sensitivity that adds a vital, expanding dimension to traditional ways of thinking about addiction. It should be a basic text and clinical resource for years to come.' - Stephanie Brown, PhD, The Addictions 'This volume lays out the critical clinical issues involved in culturally competent practice. The authors provide a rich context for understanding current substance abuse patterns in an impressive range of ethnic groups--more than I have ever seen discussed under one cover. The information presented is well researched and referenced, and the authors do a nice job of avoiding rigidity in their recommendations. Several chapters address such groups within the culture as women, adolescents, and refugees, who have unique needs and for whom the clinician may need to vary his or her approach. The case examples give depth to the discussion and illustrate important intervention techniques. Social work students at all levels will find this text helpful.' - Maryann Amodeo, MSW, PhD, Boston University School of Social Work

Introductionp. 1
Ethnocultural Issues in Substance Abuse Treatment: An Overviewp. 3
Working with Clients of African Backgroundp. 29
Substance Abuse in African American Communitiesp. 31
Substance Abuse Issues among English-Speaking Caribbean People of African Ancestryp. 52
Working with Clients of Native American and Latino Backgroundsp. 75
Native Americans and Substance Abusep. 77
Substance Abuse among Cuban Americansp. 97
Substance Abuse in the Mexican American Populationp. 111
Toward an Understanding of Puerto Rican Ethnicity and Substance Abusep. 137
Working with Clients of European Backgroundp. 165
Substance Abuse among Americans of British Descentp. 167
Substance Abuse Treatment with Clients of French Backgroundp. 180
The Irish and Substance Abusep. 199
Italian Culture and Its Impact on Addictionp. 216
Polish Identity and Substance Abusep. 234
Russian-Speaking Substance Abusers: New Country, Old Problemsp. 250
Working with Clients of Middle Eastern Backgroundp. 273
Substance Use among Arabs and Arab Americansp. 275
Jewish Substance Abusers: Existing but Invisiblep. 291
Working with Clients of Asian Backgroundp. 319
Substance Abuse Treatment Issues with Cambodian Americansp. 321
Ethnocultural Background and Substance Abuse Treatment of Chinese Americansp. 345
Ethnocultural Background and Substance Abuse Treatment of Asian Indian Americansp. 368
Substance Abuse Interventions for Japanese and Japanese American Clientsp. 393
Substance Abuse among Korean Americans: A Sociocultural Perspective and Framework for Interventionp. 418
Indexp. 437
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ISBN: 9781572308855
ISBN-10: 1572308850
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 447
Published: 13th December 2002
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.68