Handbook Of Multicultural Perspectives On Stress And Coping

Hardcover | December 15, 2005

EditorPaul T. P. Wong, Lilian C. J. WongForeword byW.J. Lonner

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Has the developing world developed modern concepts of stress? Are coping methods the same around the globe? Such questions are not simple to answer, and until recently, few knew to ask them.In recent years, Western psychologists have recognized that their prevailing views of psychology do not always translate worldwide-and that no culture has a monopoly on either stress or coping. The Handbook of Multicultural Perspectives on Stress and Coping was created to address this realization. This unique volume moves beyond simple comparisons of behaviors in other countries by clarifying critical concepts in stress and coping, analyzing and synthesizing vast amounts of global data, and identifying constructs and methodologies necessary for meaningful cross-cultural research.An international, multiethnic panel of forty-five contributors presents elegant studies of stress, survival, and resilience as cultures evolve and countries interact, including:. Personal transformation as a coping strategy. Psychological skills that enhance intercultural adjustment. Individual versus collectivist values in coping. Buddhist and Taoist traditions in coping. The cumulative effects of historical, environmental, and political stressors on nations in the Middle East. Specific cross-cultural perspectives, from Latino-American families to Canadian aboriginal peoples to minority university studentsThe editors have assembled a vital store of knowledge, raising crucial implications for clinicians working with immigrant/international populations, and evaluating the current state of theory, research, and assessment. The Handbook documents major steps toward scientific advancement-and human understanding.The breadth of cultural perspectives represented in this handbook is truly extraordinary as well as refreshing. The diversity of the chapters encourages the reader to think about stress and coping in ways that broaden and enrich the mind. The volume is an invaluable resource for stress and coping researchers who want to find new and provocative ways to think about their own research and the research of others. - Susan Folkman, Ph.D.Professor of MedicineUniversity of California - San FranciscoThis is a comprehensive collection of papers on a topic of emerging importance in the cross-cultural literature. Stress and coping need to be considered by scholars from differing cultural backgrounds, since adaptation to the inevitable challenges of life must be socialized for all future participants in the cultural drama and this participation will  be shaped by the historical and philosophical traditions informing each of those cultures. The editors have assembled a diverse array of competent scholars from many cultural traditions to address key issues in the literature, and thus provided us readers with the necessary guidance for future comparative research in this fundamental topic area.- Michael Harris Bond, Ph.D.President, International Association of Cross-Cultural PsychologyA cross-cultural book on coping has been long overdue and I cannot think of a better editor than Paul Wong to bring such a huge project to fruition. At last, with the publication of the Handbook of Multicultural Perspectives on Stress and Coping, the days of understanding coping without considering cross-cultural factors are over. Every researcher and practitioner who is interested in the topic of coping will want to read this magnificent volume.- C. R. Snyder, Ph.D.Wright Distinguished Professor of Clinical PsychologyUniversity of Kansas, Lawrence

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Has the developing world developed modern concepts of stress? Are coping methods the same around the globe? Such questions are not simple to answer, and until recently, few knew to ask them.In recent years, Western psychologists have recognized that their prevailing views of psychology do not always translate worldwide-and that no cult...

Paul T. P. Wong (Ed.) received his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Toronto. He has held professorial positions at the University of Texas at Austin, York University, Trent University, and the University of Toronto, and has spent one year as a Visiting Scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles. He moved to Vancou...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:662 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.09 inPublished:December 15, 2005Publisher:Springer USLanguage:English

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Introduction: Beyond Stress and Coping: The Positive Psychology of Transformation.- Section 1. Theoretical Issues: Culture: A Fundamental Context for the Stress and Coping Paradigm.- A New Theoretical Model of Collectivistic Coping.- Coping with Suffering: The Buddhist Perspective.- The Way of Nature as a Healing Power.- Advance in the Study of Religious and Spiritual Coping.- Coping Strategies and Culturally Influenced Beliefs About the World.- Personality Systems and a Biosocioexistential Model of Posttraumatic Responses based on a Korean Sample.- Section 2. Methodoligal Issues: Frequently Ignored Methodological Issues in Cross Cultural Stress Research.- Problems and Strategies When Using Rating Scales in Cross-Cultural Coping Research.- A Resource-Congruence Model of Coping and the Development of the Coping Schema Inventory.- Section 3. Acculturative Stress: Acculturative Stress.- The Effects of Acculturative Stress on the Hispanic Family.- Coping with Domestic Violence by Japanese Canadian Women.- How Visible Minority Students Cope with Supervision Stress.- Psychological Skills Related to Intercultural Adjustment.- Section 4. Culture, Coping And Resilience: Hardiness Considered Across Cultures.- Resilience as a Coping Mechanism: A Common Story of Vietnamese Refugee Women.- Stress and Coping Among Asian Americans: Lazarus and Folkman's Model and Beyond.- The Agony, Silent Grief, and Deep Frustration of Many Communities in the Middle East: Challenges in Coping and Survival.- Stress, Culture, and Racial Socialization: Making an IMPACT.- Adjustment and Coping in Aboriginal People.-Section 5. Occupational Stress: Towards an Understanding of Occupational Stress Among Asian Americans.- A Multicultural Perspective on Work-Related Stress: Development of a Collective Coping Scale.- Conclusion: Knowledge Gaps About Stress and Coping in a Multicultural Context.

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From the reviews:The breadth of cultural perspectives represented in this handbook is truly extraordinary as well as refreshing. The diversity of the chapters encourages the reader to think about stress and coping in ways that broaden and enrich the mind. The volume is an invaluable resource for stress and coping researchers who want to find new and provocative ways to think about their own research and the research of others. - Susan Folkman, Ph.D.Professor of MedicineUniversity of California - San FranciscoThis is a comprehensive collection of papers on a topic of emerging importance in the cross-cultural literature. Stress and coping need to be considered by scholars from differing cultural backgrounds, since adaptation to the inevitable challenges of life must be socialized for all future participants in the cultural drama and this participation will  be shaped by the historical and philosophical traditions informing each of those cultures. The editors have assembled a diverse array of competent scholars from many cultural traditions to address key issues in the literature, and thus provided us readers with the necessary guidance for future comparative research in this fundamental topic area.- Michael Harris Bond, Ph.D.President, International Association of Cross-Cultural PsychologyA cross-cultural book on coping has been long overdue and I cannot think of a better editor than Paul Wong to bring such a huge project to fruition. At last, with the publication of the Handbook of Multicultural Perspectives on Stress and Coping, the days of understanding coping without considering cross-cultural factors are over. Every researcher and practitioner who is interested in the topic of coping will want to read this magnificent volume.- C. R. Snyder, Ph.D.Wright Distinguished Professor of Clinical PsychologyUniversity of Kansas, Lawrence"Paul Pederson provides a sobering inventory of the knowledge gaps in the culture, stress, and copying literature. The current volume is a welcome edition to this growing field, providing researchers with useful tools and intriguing hypotheses for use in future studies. . The editors did an outstanding job of involving a number of cultural perspectives, both in terms of the writers themselves and also the topics they have chosen to study. Most chapters are thought provoking, containing the seeds for many research programs." (Andrew G. Ryder, Donald D. H. Watanabe and Angela J. Ring, Canadian Psychology, Vol. 48 (1), 2007)