Ethnicity and Family Therapy

Third Edition

Edited by Monica McGoldrick, Joe Giordano, and Nydia Garcia Preto

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This widely used clinical reference and text provides a wealth of knowledge on culturally sensitive practice with families and individuals from over 40 different ethnic groups. Each chapter demonstrates how ethnocultural factors may influence the assumptions of both clients and therapists, the issues people bring to the clinical context, and their resources for coping and problem solving.

“The editors and contributors have made substantial changes in the content of the third edition, as evidenced by the expanded 'Overview' chapter that sets the tone of why ethnicity is so important for our work as family therapists....The editors have added 13 new chapters, with the bulk of these chapters focusing on Latino and Asian ethnicities. This is a welcome change, considering that the changing racial and ethnic demographics of the USA are primarily related to increased immigration from Latino, Asian, and Pacific Islander populations....Another welcome addition is the appendix on cultural assessment....Has the potential to influence all the different spheres of what it means to be a family therapist. It should be part of every family therapist's library.”

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

“Scholars, students, and everyone interested in diverse family patterns will welcome this engrossing, highly informative third edition of Ethnicity and Family Therapy. Major strengths of this book are the range of groups considered, a highly readable writing style, consistency of format throughout the chapters, extensive documentation, and the relevance of context covered to typical clinical situations....A treasured resource that can serve to help explain behavior patterns that are seemingly idiosyncratic yet that may be rooted in history and culture....As a textbook, Ethnicity and Family Therapy is especially relevant to courses in cultural and ethnic diversity and could serve as a supplement to family therapy courses.”

Research on Social Work Practice

“An important resource....It is an authoritative and comprehensive reference that should be read by anyone who seeks cultural competence in providing therapy to families in the culturally diverse society of the contemporary United States.”

The Family Psychologist

“This well-edited and comprehensive volume should prove to be of great value to psychotherapists of all orientations....Most specific chapters begin with historical accounts and cultural overviews. These informative materials will help any psychotherapist appreciate the factors affecting individual patients and families as they strive to accept and adjust to American societal expectations....Clinicians would be wise to keep a copy of this volume available for consultation to enhance their ability to provide culturally competent assessment and treatment.”

American Journal of Psychiatry (on previous edition)

“The representation of additional ethnic groups is an important contribution of this compelling new edition. A clear reminder that cultural diversity is a fact of life, this book gives family therapists and other helping professionals a greater understanding of the histories, values, and expectations of the diverse families and individuals we encounter. Important themes resonate throughout, including the ways that religious and spiritual beliefs, historical circumstances, immigration histories, and experiences of racism and prejudice influence contemporary families' strengths and struggles. Every chapter is moving, unique, and highly useful.”

—Patricia Arredondo, EdD, Counseling/Counseling Psychology Program, Arizona State University; President (2005-2006), American Counseling Association

“Now in its third edition, Ethnicity and Family Therapy remains one of the essential textbooks for developing cultural competence in clinical practice. Unlike any other single book in the field, its 54 chapters provide the most comprehensive description of culture-related family issues relevant to mental health and health care. At the same time, this book wisely teaches us that our understanding of these cultural patterns must incorporate not only ethnicity, but also gender, socioeconomic status, geography, religion, race, and politics, among other factors. A 'must-have' tour de force for seasoned professionals and trainees alike.”

—Francis G. Lu, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco General Hospital

“Ethnicity is part of the lived experience of each of us every day, whether in the foods we like, our ways of expressing affection, religious and political views, gender roles, taboos and expectations, and so much more. This book expands our understanding of the complexity of the cultural fabric of our families: what distinguishes us and what unites us. As we travel through a multiplicity of national, cultural, racial, and religious backgrounds, what is most remarkable is that across all of these diverse experiences and conditions, families are important to us all. This book allows us to celebrate our differences while encouraging us to conduct our clinical work with respect toward and knowledge of each family's ethnic and cultural uniqueness.”

—José Szapocznik, PhD, Center for Family Studies, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami

“I have used Ethnicity and Family Therapy as a text for 12+ years in my master’s-level Cross-Cultural Counseling course. I have been impressed with the various editions of the text as a compendium of information regarding a broad cross-section of the human family. I have particularly enjoyed the increasing expansion of coverage, both within broad ethnic groups and across groups. This breadth deepens my students’ comprehension of the richness of human diversity and mitigates their tendencies to view members of different groups through monolithic lenses. This text has been invaluable in my approach to teaching about the nexus of person, problems, and treatment approaches.”

—Daryl M. Rowe, PhD, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University

Table of Contents

1. Overview: Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Monica McGoldrick, Joe Giordano, and Nydia Garcia-Preto

I. American Indian and Pacific Islander Families

2. American Indian Families: An Overview, CharlesEtta T. Sutton and Mary Anne Broken Nose

3. Back to the Future: An Examination of the Native American Holocaust Experience, Nadine Tafoya and Ann Del Vecchio

4. N? 'Ohana: Hawaiian Families, Valli Kalei Kanuha

II. Families of African Origin

5. Familes of African Origin: An Overview, Lascelles Black and Vanessa Jackson

6. African American Families, Paulette Moore Hines and Nancy Boyd-Franklin

7. African Immigrant Families, Hugo Kamya

8. British West Indian Families, Janet R. Brice-Baker

9. Haitian Families, Josiane Menos

10. Muslim African American Families, Vanessa McAdams-Mahmoud

III. Latino Families

11. Latino Families: An Overview, Nydia Garcia-Preto

12. Brazilian Families, Eliana Catão de Korin and Sueli S. de Carvalho Petry

13. Central American Families, Miguel Hernandez

14. Colombian Families, Ramón Rojano and Jenny Duncan-Rojano

15. Cuban Families, Guillermo Bernal and Ester Shapiro

16. Dominican Families, Carmen Inoa Vazquez

17. Mexican Families, Celia Jaes Falicov

18. Puerto Rican Families, Nydia Garcia-Preto

19. Salvadoran Families, Daniel Kusnir

IV. Asian Families

20. Asian Families: An Overview, Evelyn Lee and Matthew R. Mock

21. Cambodian Families, Lorna McKenzie-Pollock

22. Chinese Families, Evelyn Lee and Matthew R. Mock

23. Filipino Families, Maria P. P. Root

24. Indonesian Families, Fred P. Piercy, Adriana Soekandar, Catherine D. M. Limansubroto, and Sean D. Davis

25. Japanese Families, Tazuko Shibusawa

26. Korean Families, Bok-Lim C. Kim and Eunjung Ryu

27. Vietnamese Families, Paul K. Leung and James Boehnlein

V. Asian Indian and Pakistani Families

28. Asian Indian Families: An Overview, Rhea Almeida

29. Indian Hindu Families, Vimala Pillari

30. Pakistani Families, Shivani Nath

VI. Middle Eastern Families

31. Arab Families: An Overview, Nuha Abudabbeh

32. Armenian Families, Steve Dagirmanjian

33. Iranian Families, Behnaz Jalali

34. Lebanese and Syrian Families, Karen L. Haboush

35. Palestinian Families, Nuha Abudabbeh

VII. Families of European Origin

36. Families of European Origin: An Overview, Joe Giordano and Monica McGoldrick

37. American Families with English Ancestors from the Colonial Era: Anglo Americans, David W. McGill and John K. Pearce

38. Dutch Families, Conrad DeMaster and MaryAnn Dros Giordano

39. French Canadian Families, Régis Langelier and Pamela Langelier

40. German Families, Hinda Winawer and Norbert A. Wetzel

41. Greek Families, Kyle D. Killian and Anna M. Agathangelou

42. Hungarian Families, Tracey A. Laszloffy

43. Irish Families, Monica McGoldrick

44. Italian Families, Joe Giordano, Monica McGoldrick, and Joanne Guarino Klages

45. Portuguese Families, Zarita Araujo-Lane

46. Scandinavian Families: Plain and Simple, Beth M. Erickson

47. Scots-Irish Families, Morris Taggart

VIII. Jewish Families

48. Jewish Families: An Overview, Susan F. Weltman and Elliott J. Rosen

49. Israeli Families, Anat Ziv

50. Orthodox Jewish Families, Marsha Pravder Mirkin and Barbara F. Okun

51. Russian Jewish Families, Leonid Newhouse

IX. Slavic Families

52. Slavic Families: An Overview, Leonid Newhouse

53. Czech and Slovak Families, Jo-Ann Krestan and Rita Mae Gazarik

54. Polish Families, John Folwarski and Joseph Smolenski, Jr.

Appendix: Cultural Assessment

About the Editors

Monica McGoldrick, LCSW, PhD (h.c.), Director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, is also Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She was Visiting Professor at Fordham University School of Social Service for 12 years. Ms. McGoldrick received her MSW in 1969 from Smith College School for Social Work, which later granted her one of the few honorary doctorates awarded by the school in its 60-year history. Other awards include the American Family Therapy Academy's award for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory and Practice. An internationally known author, she speaks widely on culture, class, gender, the family life cycle, and other topics.

Joe Giordano, MSW, is a family therapist in private practice in Bronxville, New York. He was formerly Director of the American Jewish Committee's Center on Ethnicity, Behavior, and Communications, where he conducted pioneering studies on the psychological nature of ethnic identity and group behavior. The author of widely published articles on ethnicity, family, and the media, he served as host of Proud to Be Me, a PBS television program, and as producer of the audio series Growing Up in America.

Nydia Garcia-Preto, LCSW, is cofounder and Clinical Director of the Multicultural Family Institute. She has served as Visiting Professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work and as Director of the Adolescent Day Hospital at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. A noted family therapist, author, teacher, and lecturer, Ms. Garcia-Preto has published and presented widely on Puerto Rican and Latino families, Latinas, ethnic intermarriage, and families with adolescents. She is a highly respected trainer in the areas of cultural competence and organizational team building.


Nuha Abudabbeh, PhD, NAIM Foundation, Washington, DC

Anna M. Agathangelou, PhD, Department of Political Science, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Rhea Almeida, PhD, LCSW, Institute for Family Services, Somerset, NJ, and Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, NJ

Zarita A. Araújo-Lane, MSW, LCSW, Cross Cultural Communication Systems, Inc., Winchester, MA

Guillermo Bernal, PhD, University Center for Psychological Services and Research and Department of Psychology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR

Lascelles Black, MSW, private practice, New Rochelle and New York, NY

James Boehnlein, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD, Graduate School of Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NY

Janet R. Brice-Baker, PhD, Department of Psychology, Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY

Mary Anne Broken Nose, BA, COPSA Institute for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders, UMDNJ.University Behavioral HealthCare, Piscataway, NJ

Steve Dagirmanjian, PhD, Catskill Family Institute, Kingston, NY

Sean D. Davis, MS, doctoral candidate, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Department of Human Development, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Ann Del Vecchio, PhD, Alpha Assessment Associates, Albuquerque, NM

Conrad DeMaster, LCSW, private practice, Waldwick, NJ

MaryAnn Dros-Giordano, MSW, private practice, Bronxville, NY

Beth M. Erickson, PhD, Erickson Consulting, Edina and Ramsey, MN

Celia Jaes Falicov, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, CA

John Folwarski, LCSW, Raritan Bay Mental Health Center, Perth Amboy, NJ

Nydia Garcia-Preto, LCSW, Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, NJ

Rita Mae Gazarik, LCSW, private practice, New York, NY; Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY; Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York, New York, NY

Joe Giordano, MSW, private practice, Bronxville, NY

Karen Haboush, PsyD, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway NJ, and private practice, Highland Park, NJ

Miguel Hernandez, LCSW, Roberto Clemente Center, Sylvia Del Villard Program, Gouverneur Healthcare Service, New York, NY, and Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York, NY

Paulette Moore Hines, PhD, Center for Healthy Schools, Families, and Communities and Office of Prevention Services and Research, UMDNJ.University Behavioral HealthCare, Piscataway, NJ; Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, NJ

Vanessa Jackson, LCSW, private practice, Atlanta, GA

Behnaz Jalali, MD, Department of Psychiary, University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Hugo Kamya, PhD, Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College, Boston, MA

Valli Kalei Kanuha, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI

Kyle D. Killian, PhD, Department of Family Therapy and Psychology, University of Houston.Clear Lake, Houston, TX

Bok-Lim C. Kim, MSW, private practice, San Diego, CA

Joanne Klages, LCSW, Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, NJ, and private practice, Highland Park, NJ, and Staten Island, NY

Eliana Catão de Korin, DiplPsic, Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Jo-Ann Krestan, MA, private practice, Center for Creative Change, Ellsworth, ME

Daniel Kusnir, MD, New College of California School of Graduate Psychology, San Francisco, CA; La Familia Counseling Service, Hayward, CA; Survivors International, San Francisco, CA

Pamela Langelier, PhD, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of New England, Biddeford, ME, and private practice, Saco, ME

Régis Langelier, PhD, private practice, Saco, ME

Tracey A. Laszloffy, PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Seton Hill University, Greenberg, PA

Evelyn Lee, EdD (deceased), Richmond Area Multi Services, Inc., San Francisco, CA

Paul K. Leung, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR

Catherine D. M. Limansubroto, MS, private practice, Tangerang, Indonesia

Vanessa McAdams-Mahmoud, MSW, private practice and Director of Counseling, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

David W. McGill, PsyD, Couples and Family Center, Cambridge Hospital, and Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA

Monica McGoldrick, LCSW, PhD (h.c.), Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, NJ, and Department of Psychiatry, UMDNJ.Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ

Lorna McKenzie-Pollock, MSW, MA, School of Social Work, Boston University, Boston, MA, and private practice, Brookline, MA

Josiane Menos, PsyD, Staten Island Office of Children and Family Services, Staten Island, NY; New York City Department of Education, Brooklyn, NY; Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, NJ

Marsha Pravder Mirkin, PhD, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, and Lasell College, Newton, MA

Matthew Mock, PhD, Family, Youth, Children's and Multicultural Services, Berkeley, CA; Graduate School of Professional Psychology, John F. Kenney University, Orinda, CA; private practice, Berkeley, CA

Shivani Nath, MS, Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy, College of Education and Human Services, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, and Asian American Federation of New York, New York, NY

Leonid Newhouse, LCSW, private practice, Boston, MA

Barbara F. Okun, PhD, Department of Counseling and Applied Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA

John K. Pearce, MD, Psychiatric Group of the North Shore, Lynn, MA, and Island Counseling, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Sueli S. de Carvalho Petry, PhD, Department of Psychology and Family Therapy, College of Education and Human Services, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, and Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, NJ

Fred P. Piercy, PhD, Department of Human Development, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Vimala Pillari, DSW, LCSW, Graduate School of Social Work, Dominican University, River Forest, IL

Jenny Duncan-Rojano, MS, LCSW, School-Based Centers, Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT

Ramón Rojano, MD, City of Hartford, Hartford, CT; University of Connecticut School of Community Medicine, Storrs, CT; Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT; and Institute for the Hispanic Family, Hartford, CT

Maria P. P. Root, PhD, private practice, Seattle, WA

Elliott J. Rosen, EdD, private practice, Scarsdale, NY

Eunjung Ryu, LCSW, Department of Couples and Family Therapy, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, and private practice, Highland Park, NJ

Ester Shapiro, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Tazuko Shibusawa, PhD, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY

Joseph Smolenski, Jr., MSW, Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute, New York, NY

Adriana Soekandar, MS, Mandiri School and private practice, Jakarta, Indonesia

CharlesEtta T. Sutton, MSW, LCSW, Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, NJ; private practice, Plainfield, NJ; Turtle Island Project, Phoenix, AZ

Morris Taggart, PhD, retired, Houston, TX

Nadine Tafoya, MSW, private practice, Espagnola, NM

Carmen Inoa Vasquez, PhD, private practice and Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Susan F. Weltman, LCSW, private practice, Metuchen, NJ

Norbert A. Wetzel, ThD, Center for Family, Community, and Social Justice, Princeton, New Jersey

Hinda Winawer, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, Center for Family, Community, and Social Justice, Princeton, NJ; Ackerman Institute for the Family, New York, NY

Anat Ziv, MSc, private practice, Ra.anana, Israel"


Students in a range of mental health fields, as well as sociology and human development; therapists and counselors working with families.

Course Use

Serves as a primary or supplemental text in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in family therapy, clinical and counseling psychology, social work, pastoral counseling, sociology, human development, nursing, and psychiatry.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

Second Edition, © 1996
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First Edition, © 1983
ISBN: 9780898620405
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