Family Determinants of Minority Mental Health and Wellness

  • Stevan Weine
  • Saif Siddiqui

This chapter considers the possible determinants of families concerning mental health and wellness in ethnic minorities. First, it describes key characteristics of families that may be determinants based upon family therapy theory and practice knowledge. Next, it reviews summary descriptions of families of several U.S. minority groups, including African Americans, Native Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, and Muslim Americans, with an emphasis on possible pertinent family determinants. It then provides a selective review of family determinants associated with key areas of minority mental health and wellness based upon research evidence. Further conceptual and research work on family determinants and minority mental health and wellness is needed. It should attend to the multidimensional complexities of family determinants and aim at developing new family-focused services for mental health promotion and treatment amongst ethnic minority families.

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  1. 1.University of Illinois, Psychiatric InstituteChicago

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