The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health

  • Ranna Parekh
  • Nhi-Ha T. Trinh

Part of the Current Clinical Psychiatry book series (CCPSY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Innovative Ways to Understand Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Anne Emmerich, Ariel Otero, Ranna Parekh, Estee Sharon
      Pages 3-23
    3. David Alan Hoffman, Katherine Triantafillou
      Pages 37-53
    4. Deborah Washington, Robert Doyle
      Pages 55-74
  3. Specific Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Carl Bell, Christine M. Crawford
      Pages 105-125
    3. Joseph E. Trimble, Jeff King, Teresa D. LaFromboise, Dolores Subia BigFoot
      Pages 127-148
    4. Imad Melhem, Zeina Chemali, Ashlee Wolfgang
      Pages 149-174
    5. Aida L. Jiménez, Margarita Alegría, Richard F. Camino-Gaztambide, Lazaro V. Zayas, Maria Jose Lisotto
      Pages 201-228
    6. Jeremy A. Wernick, Samantha M. Busa, Aron Janssen, Karen Ron-Li Liaw
      Pages 229-252
    7. B. Heidi Ellis, Jeffrey P. Winer, Kate Murray, Colleen Barrett
      Pages 253-273
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 275-282

About this book


This edition is updated to include new research and clinical material for practitioners working with mental health patients of diverse backgrounds.  Written by experts in cultural sensitivity, the text begins by establishing innovative approaches to understanding diversity, tools for diversity educational training for health care providers, clinical interviewing techniques and effective strategies in having difficult conversations. Indirect approaches to understanding diversity and mental health come from unique chapters that range from the ways that journalists process and discuss mental health competency to the business model for cultural competency in health care.

The second section of the book moves from the broader subjects to the needs of specific populations, including Native Americans, Latinos, Asians, African American, Middle Eastern, Refugee and LGBQT communities. The discussion includes understanding the complexities of making mental health diagnoses and the various meanings these diagnoses have for the socio-cultural group described. Each chapter also details biopsychosocial treatment options and challenges.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Textbook on Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity in Mental Health, Second Edition, is an excellent resource for all clinicians working with diverse populations, including psychiatrists, primary care physicians, emergency room physicians, early career physicians and trainees, psychologists, nurses, social workers, researchers, and medical educators.


Refugee mental health Cultural sensitivity Stigma Diversity and care Patient engagement

Editors and affiliations

  • Ranna Parekh
    • 1
  • Nhi-Ha T. Trinh
    • 2
  1. 1.American Psychiatric AssociationArlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Humana, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-20173-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-20174-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2626-241X
  • Series Online ISSN 2626-2398
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