Über den Autor
Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH is Director of the Center for Diversity in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is also Medical Director of the Adolescent Dual Diagnosis Residential Treatment Programs at McLean Hospital and a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Parekh is a practicing child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and has lectured locally and nationally on child and adolescent psychiatry, substance abuse, diversity, negotiations and mediation.
Dr. Parekh is the co-author of Overcome Prejudice at Work (Harvard Medical School Guides). She is also a senior consultant at the Levinson Institute and a member of the Harvard Mediation Program.
Section 1: Specific Populations
1. Mental Health of Arab Americans: Cultural Considerations for Excellence of Care
Imad Melhem and Zeina Chemali
2. Identification and Approach to Treatment of Mental Health Disorders in South Asian American Populations
3. Cultural Sensitivity: What Should We Understand about Latinos?
Aida L. Jiménez, Margarita Alegría, Richard F. Camino-Gaztambide, and Lazaro V. Zayas
4. Not by Convention: Working With People on the Sexual and Gender Continuum
Karen Ron-Li Liaw and Aron Janssen
5. American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Perspectives
Joseph E. Trimble, Jeff King, Teresa D. LaFromboise, Delores Subia BigFoot, and Dennis Norman
6. Psychiatry for People of African Descent in the USA
Carl Bell and Dominica F. McBride
7. Understanding the Mental Health of Refugees: Trauma, Stress and the Cultural Context
B. Heidi Ellis, Kate Murray, and Colleen Barrett
Section II: Innovative Ways to Understand Diversity
8. Diversity Dialogue: An Innovative Model for Diversity Training
Estee Sharon, Anne Emmerich, and Ranna Parekh
9. The Engagement Interview Protocol (EIP): Improving the Acceptance of Mental Health Treatment among Culturally Diverse Populations
Albert Yeung, Nhi-Ha Trinh, and Trina Chang
10. Cultural and Diversity Issues in Mediation and Negotiation
David A. Hoffman and Katherine Triantafillou
11. Providing Medical Care to Diverse Populations
Deborah Washington and Robert Doyle
12. Cultivating Courage, Compassion, and Cultural Sensitivity in News Reporting of Mental Health
Linda R. Ocasio and Karen Weintraub
Appendix - "Short" by Nikita Nautiyal
Glossary - Phillip J. Small
Long considered important for professionals working with minority and under-represented populations, cross-cultural competency has become a requisite for all health care providers. As society in the US increasingly diversifies, there is a crucial need to prepare health care professionals to effectively treat this changing population. The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health addresses the importance and relevance of cultural sensitivity in US mental health. Prominent researchers and clinicians examine the cultural and cross-cultural mental health issues of Native American, Latino, Asian, African American, Middle Eastern, Refugee and LGBQT communities. The discussion includes understanding the complexities in making mental health diagnoses and the various meanings it has for the socio-cultural group described, as well as biopsychosocial treatment options and challenges. In understanding the specific populations, the analysis delves into overarching concepts that may apply to specific populations and to those at the intersection of multiple cultures.
An invaluable resource for mental health professionals, including clinicians, researchers, educators, leaders and advocates in the United States, The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health provides the necessary understanding and insights for research and clinical practice in specific cultural and multicultural groups.