Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans

Culture, Development, and Health

  • Sylvia C. Nassar-McMillan
  • Kristine J. Ajrouch
  • Julie Hakim-Larson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Sylvia C. Nassar-McMillan, Kristine J. Ajrouch, Julie Hakim-Larson
    Pages 1-9
  3. Arab American Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-15
    2. Helen Hatab Samhan
      Pages 45-65
    3. Ben K. Beitin, Mireille Aprahamian
      Pages 67-88
    4. Louise Cainkar, Jen’nan Ghazal Read
      Pages 89-105
    5. Sawsan Abdulrahim, Kristine J. Ajrouch
      Pages 107-125
  4. The Psychosocial Development of Arab Americans

  5. Health and Disease: Risks and Resilience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-286
    2. Adnan Hammad, Cynthia L. Arfken, Virginia Hill Rice, Manal Said
      Pages 287-305
    3. Linda A. Jaber, Abdul Salam Al-Kassab, Florence J. Dallo
      Pages 307-324
    4. Florence J. Dallo, Carolyn Archer, Dawn P. Misra
      Pages 325-346
    5. Kendra Schwartz, Kiumarss Nasseri, Emad Shehada
      Pages 347-368
    6. Adnan Hammad, Manal Said, Cynthia L. Arfken
      Pages 369-385
    7. Julie Hakim-Larson, Sylvia C. Nassar-McMillan, Kristine J. Ajrouch
      Pages 387-401
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 403-413

About this book


Sylvia C. Nassar-McMillan, Kristine J. Ajrouch, and Julie Hakim-Larson, Editors



One way integrative approaches to health care improve on traditional medical models is by recognizing the impact of cultural factors on health. While this evolution benefits clients of all ethnicities, it holds added significance to treating individuals of Arab descent, who face a wide range of new challenges and stressors in post-9/11 America.


Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans introduces an interdisciplinary lens by bringing together vital research on culture, psychosocial development, and key aspects of health and disease to address a wide range of salient concerns. Its scholarship mirrors the diversity of the Arab American population, exploring ethnic concepts in socio-historical and political contexts before reviewing findings on major health issues, including diabetes, cancer, substance abuse, mental illness, and maternal/child health. And by including policy and program strategies for disease prevention, health promotion, and environmental health, the book offers practitioners--and their clients--opportunities for proactive care. Featured in the coverage:


  • Family, gender and social identity issues
  • Arab Americans and the aging process
  • Acculturation and ethnic identity across the lifespan
  • Arab refugees: Trauma, resilience, and recovery
  • Cancer: Crossroads of ethnicity and environment
  • Health and well-being: Biopsychosocial prevention approaches
  • Arab American health disparities: A call for advocacy


Rich in cultural information and clinical insights, Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab Americans is an important reference that can enhance health practices across the disciplines of medicine, nursing, rehabilitation, social work, counseling, and psychology.



Americans of Arab descent Arab Americans Arab culture Arab health Arab pscyhosocial development Arab psychosocial development Arab sociopolitical history Arab traditions Arab-Americans Cultural competence Middle Easterners

Editors and affiliations

  • Sylvia C. Nassar-McMillan
    • 1
  • Kristine J. Ajrouch
    • 2
  • Julie Hakim-Larson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Curriculum and InstructionNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyEastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WindsorWindsorCanada

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