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Filipino American Psychology

There are 2.4 million Filipino Americans, projected to become the largest Asian-American population in the latest census. Filipinos have a unique culturaly, religious, and historical background and, as a result, have mental health needs that differ significantly from other Asian American groups. Beginning with a short history of the Filipino American experience, the book then discusses identity development, values, and Filipino-American communities. The author offers strategies for more effective clinical work with Filipino Americans in a variety of settings. With a Foreword by Derald Wing Sue, this book provides mental health professionals the knowledge, awareness, and skills to become effective and culturally competent when working with their Filipino American clients.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Derald Wing Sue ix Preface xiii Acknowledgments xvii CHAPTER ONE: Introduction to Filipino American Psychology 1 CHAPTER TWO: Filipino and Filipino American Cultural Values 35 CHAPTER THREE: Racial and Ethnic Identity Development for Filipino Americans 63 CHAPTER FOUR: Colonial Mentality of Filipino Americans 89 CHAPTER FIVE: Filipino American Groups and Communities 109 CHAPTER SIX: Filipino Americans and the Model Minority Myth: Contemporary Experiences in Education, Health, and Society 137 CHAPTER SEVEN: Filipino American Experiences With Gender and Sexual Orientation 161 CHAPTER EIGHT: Multiracial, Multiethnic, and Adopted Filipino Americans 193 CHAPTER NINE: Mental Health Experiences and Psychotherapy With Filipino Americans 225 References 265 Appendix A: Historical References in the Poem "Ikaw" 289 Appendix B: Further Readings and Resources 293 Glossary 297 About the Author 305 Author Index 307 Subject Index 311

About the Author

Kevin L. Nadal is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he also serves as the Deputy Director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling graduate program. Dr. Nadal's research has focused primarily on multicultural issues in psychology, including impacts of racial discrimination and racial/ethnic/sexual identity development on mental health.


" a comprehensive handbook that adeptly covers the history, cultural values, racial and ethnic experiences, and mental health needs of Filipino Americans, but more important, provides this information in a thoroughly detailed, yet understandable manner." ( PsycCRITIQUES , May 30, 2012)

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