Handbook of African American Health

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Pub. Date: 2010-07-16
Publisher(s): The Guilford Press
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Winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award - Community Public Health! With a focus on how to improve the effectiveness and cultural competence of clinical services and research, this authoritative volume synthesizes current knowledge on both the physical and psychological health of African Americans today. In chapters that follow a consistent format for easy reference, leading scholars from a broad range of disciplines review risk and protective factors for specific health conditions and identify what works, what doesn't work, and what might work (i.e., practices requiring further research) in clinical practice with African Americans. Historical, sociocultural, and economic factors that affect the quality and utilization of health care services in African American communities are examined in depth. Evidence-based ways to draw on individual, family, and community strengths in prevention and treatment are highlighted throughout. The book will be important reading for graduate students, practitioners, and researchers in clinical psychology, counseling, public health, psychiatry, nursing, social work, sociology, healthcare administration, medicine, and evaluation. It will also serve as recommended reading in graduate-level courses in African American studies, health psychology, public health, mental health, and minority counseling.

Author Biography

Robert L. Hampton, PhD, is Professor of Sociology and Social Work, and former Provost/Executive Vice President, at Tennessee State University. He previously served as President and as Professor of Social Sciences at York College of the City University of New York, and has also served on the faculties of the University of Maryland, College Park; Connecticut College; and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hampton has published extensively in the field of family violence and is one of the founders of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community.
Thomas P. Gullotta, MA, MSW, is CEO of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc., and a member of the Psychology and Education departments at Eastern Connecticut State University. His publications include the coedited Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion, and he is editor emeritus of the Journal of Primary Prevention. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology Award from the Society for Community Research and Action, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association.
Raymond L. Crowel, PsyD, is Vice President for Human Service Systems at ICF International. He is responsible for the development and implementation of ICF International's National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center, focused on strengthening the national child welfare system of care. Dr. Crowel served as Director of Child and Adolescent Services for Baltimore Mental Health Systems and was on the faculty of the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Throughout his career in both public service and private practice, Dr. Crowel has focused on the role of mental health in the promotion of healthy development in children and families.

Table of Contents

Foundations of African American Health
The Strengths and Challenges Facing African Americans: Building Culturally Competent Practices with Communities and Familiesp. 3
Historical Traumap. 31
Beyond Tuskegee: Why African Americans Do Not Participate in Researchp. 51
Spirituality and the Power of Religionp. 80
Well-Being and Resiliencep. 106
Evidence-Based Practicep. 121
Pharmacotherapy in African Americansp. 140
Engaging African Americans in Outpatient Mental Health Interventionsp. 154
Health Issues for African Americans
Obesityp. 179
Asthmap. 213
Diabetesp. 240
Cardiovascular Diseasep. 271
Cancerp. 304
Tobacco Usep. 316
Anxietyp. 345
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorderp. 375
Major Depressive Disorder: Meeting the Challenges of Stigma, Misdiagnosis, and Treatment Disparitiesp. 419
Schizophreniap. 431
Suicidep. 444
Child Maltreatmentp. 461
Intimate Partner Violencep. 506
Pathways to Prisonp. 536
Epiloguep. 565
Author Indexp. 568
Subject Indexp. 584
About the Editorsp. 603
Contributorsp. 604
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