Multicultural Approaches to Health and Wellness in America, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Regan A.R. Gurung
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  • ISBN-10: 1440803501
  • ISBN-13: 9781440803505
  • DDC: 362.1
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 704 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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This unique two-volume set describes the variety of cultural approaches to health practiced by people of varying cultural heritages and places them in stark context with traditional Western approaches to health care and medicine. Examining health practices such as Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine that focuses on the body, the sense organs, the mind, and the soul; and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the author examines why these different approaches can explain some of the cultural variations in health behaviors, differences in why people get sick, and how they cope with illness. Traditional health care providers of all kinds-including clinicians, counselors, doctors, nurses, and social workers-will all greatly benefit by learning about vastly different approaches to health, while general readers and scholars alike will gain insight into the rich diversity of world culture and find the material fascinating.



  • Regan A.R. Gurung

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Cultural Competence.
2: The Complexity of Culture: Culture's Impact on Health Disparities.
3: Health Disparities and Immigrants.
4: Health Disparities among Latina/os.
5: Acculturation and Health.
6: Yoga, Meditation, and Other Alternative Methods for Wellness: Prevalence and Use in the United States.
7: Ayurveda: An Alternative in the United States.
8: Native American Medicine: The Implications of History and the Embodiment of Culture.
9: Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Healing Approach from the Past to the Future.
10: Curanderismo: A Complementary and Alternative Approach to Mexican American Health Psychology.
11: Mexican American Medicine: History, Roots, and Key Maladies.
12: Mediator between Man and the Gods: Shamanism and Health.
13: Vodou in North America: Healing One Person, Healing the Universe.
14: Santería as a Culturally Responsive Healing Practice.
About the Editor and Contributors.
Volume 1: Index.
Title Page.
1: Understanding International Perspectives: Implications for U.S. Health and Wellness.
2: Mental Health Assessment among Ethnic Minorities in the United States.
3: The Mental Health of Latina/os: A Cultural Focus.
4: Stress and Culture.
5: Mood and Anxiety Disorders across Ethnic Minority Groups in the United States.
6: Religion and Health: Ideological Contexts and Their Influences on Health-Associated Behaviors.
7: Islamic Healing Approaches, Beliefs, and Health-Related Behaviors.
8: The Health and Wellness of Sexual and Gender Minorities.
9: Childhood Obesity and Cultural Influences.
10: Suicide across Cultures.
About the Editor and Contributors.
Volume 2: Index.