ERIC Number: ED204193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Ethnic Lifestyles and Mental Health.
Valencia-Weber, Gloria, Ed.
This document presents two overview essays (one on the ethnic history of the United States and one on multicultural society) and seven articles on various aspects of the relationship between ethnic values and mental health. Articles were originally presented as papers at a series of seminars convened to encourage humanists from four ethnic groups (Asian Americans, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, and Black Americans) to develop a realistic and culturally sensitive perspective on ethnic mental health. Seminar participants included psychologists, educators, authors of books on ethnic groups, a director of a black studies center, and an Indian medicine man. Issues addressed by seminar participants included the influence of values from ethnic cultures on conceptions of mental health, the need to alter public policies and delivery systems so that they would contribute to an increase in minority participation in mental health services, and ways of structuring therapy so that the strengths of an ethnic culture would be utilized as healing factors. Titles are "Born and Bred in the Briarpatch: Models of Mental Health in the Black Folkloric Past,""Psycho-historical Implications of the Well-being of Blacks: Struggle for Survival,""Beyond Manzanar: A Personal View of Asian-American Womanhood,""Mental Health Needs as Affected by Historical and Contemporary Experiences,""The Life and Practice of a Contemporary Medicine Man,""Puerto Ricans in the U.S.: The Adopted Citizen," and "La Familia: Myths and Realities." (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater. Dept. of Psychology.
Note: Papers presented at the "Ethnic Lifestyles and Mental Health" Seminars at Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK, February-April 1978). Sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Humanities Committee, Oklahoma City.