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Diversity in Couple and Family Therapy: Ethnicities, Sexualities, and Socioeconomics

Jul, 2019

In Diversity in Couple and Family Therapy: Ethnicities, Sexualities, and Socioeconomics, a clinical psychologist and couples and family therapist with nearly two decades' experience leads a team of experts in addressing contemporary elements of diversity as they relate to the American family and covering key topics that all Americans face when establishing their identities, including racial and ethnic identity, gender and sexual orientation identity, religious and spiritual identity, and identity intersections and alternatives. Moreover, it includes chapters on cross-cultural assessment of health and pathology and tailoring treatment to diversity. 

Every chapter includes vignettes that serve to illustrate the nuances of and solutions to the concerns and issues, as well as the strengths and resilience often inherent in diverse couples or families. Effective methods of coping with stereotypes, intergenerational trauma, discrimination, and social and structural disparities are presented, as are ways to assess and empower couples and families. This text includes experiences and traditions of subgroups that typically receive little attention from being seen as too common, such as white and Christian families, or from being seen as too uncommon, such as couples and families from specific Native American tribes and multiracial couples and families. Thus, it addresses the curricular changes needed to master the diversity found in contemporary American couples and families.

The text offers a holistic perspective on diverse couples and families that is consistent with the increasing prominence of models that transcend individual diagnoses and biology to include social factors and context. Theory, policy, prevention, assessment, treatment, and research considerations are included in each chapter. Topics include African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American, white, biracial/multiracial, intercultural, LGBT, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim couples and families as well as diverse family structures. The depth of every chapter includes attention to subgroups within each category, such as African American and Caribbean couples and families, as well as those who represent the intersection between varying oppressed identities, such as an intercultural gay family, or a poor, homeless interracial couple. Additionally, each chapter provides a review section with condensed and easy-to-understand summaries of the key take-away lessons.

Features

  • Offers an examination of a broader-than-typical array of diverse families and the challenges they face
  • Includes case vignettes of couples and families of varying racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, religious/spiritual, and sexual orientations, the subgroups among them, and their intersections
  • Examines issues including social disparities, stereotyping and discrimination, identity development, and the roles of neighborhoods and communities
  • Written to allow easy incorporation as a textbook or supplemental text
  • Includes highlighted "Myths and Realities" with each chapter as well as a list of additional resources and cultural competence take-aways after each section

Author Info

Shalonda Kelly, PhD, is clinical psychologist and associate professor at Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She has been seeing couples, families, children, and adults from diverse backgrounds for almost 20 years. Shalonda Kelly's primary research foci are couples and racial and cultural issues, which she has investigated in the contexts of normal families, therapy, and substance abuse settings.  She studies couples prevention, assessment, and therapy.  She is involved in the understanding and measurement of racial constructs, such as Afrocentricity, racial identity, and stereotypes.  Dr. Kelly seeks to understand how people of color are affected by experiences of racism and how racial and cultural perspectives affect individual, couple, and family adjustment. She is the editor of Diversity in Couple and Family Therapy: Ethnicities, Sexualities, and Socioeconomics. Dr. Kelly teaches couple therapy and diversity courses and conducts couple and family therapy and supervision from an integrative cognitive behavioral, emotionally focused, multicultural, and systems orientation.  She has a background in urban studies and is interested in programs designed to have a positive impact on minority communities and families.

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