Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology

Cross-cultural contacts are now commonplace. In schools, neighborhoods, and businesses cultural diversity is now the rule, not the exception. And, as this contact increases, it raises several important–and fundamental–questions. How valid are our self-perceptions in relation to other cultures? How receptive are we to the viewpoints of other cultures? Indeed, are differences necessarily detriments? In Applied Cross-Cultural Psychology, a distinguished international team of experts examines the many facets of the cross-cultural experience, including cross-cultural testing and assessment, the psychological effects of acculturation, the role of foreign students, industrial and organizational psychology, acculturation and emotional and physical health, and cross-cultural orientation programs. Specific methodologies and how they may be applied in different areas, the emphasis on basics rather than complex theoretical issues, and the development of current knowledge and review of concepts make this innovative book appealing to professors, undergraduate students, and practitioners alike. A must read for anyone with interests in cross-cultural comparative studies, psychology, social psychology, counseling, social work, organization studies, and sociology. “The coverage of topics in this book, in terms of breadth as well as depth, is quite impressive. In the introductory chapter, the editor, Richard Brislin, does an excellent job of drawing together the rather diverse chapters of the volume. In fact, his chapter could easily serve as a very up-to-date summary of the social-personality-clinical components of cross-cultural psychology … Overall, this volume represents an important early effort to outline the potential contributions of a cross-cultural orientation to the resolution of social problems. Indeed, there are remarkably few areas in “mainstream” applied psychology that are not covered in this book … the volume is very successful. the authors are to be commended for providing a broad look into terribly important and interesting issues in a manner that is palatable to specialist and generalist alike.” –Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology “For everybody who wants to become (more) familiar with the cross-cultural psychological approach to diversity, this book will be very useful.” –International Association for Intercultural Education “An extraordinarily coherent and well-edited volume of chapters that spans a very wide range of theoretical and applied models of psychology. … There is a chapter on cross-cultural psychology and the programmes: on international students; on family and home-based interventions; on acculturation; on the environment, culture and behaviour; and more besides. If these topics whet your appetite, then this is the volume for you.” –Behaviour Research Therapy

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