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Ethnicity and Family Therapy: Second Edition [Hardcover]

Monica McGoldrick LCSW PhD , Joe Giordano MSW , John W. Pearce PhD
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August 15, 1996 0898629594 978-0898629590 Second Edition
This widely used clinical resource and text was among the first to demonstrate the crucial significance of a family's cultural system in therapeutic work. Chapters are designed to enhance the cultural competance of clinicians working with members of over 40 different ethnic groups in the United States, including families of European, Latino, Asian, African, Middle Eastern, and Native American heritage. Ethnic profiles and case studies are presented not as definitive or stereotypical descriptions, but rather as informative frameworks for equipping practitioners with a sense of the cultural issues they may encounter in practice.

Editorial Reviews


"I have used the first edition since it was published. The revised and expanded edition makes it even more valuable." --Trevor Watts, PhD, Canisius College, Religious Studies

"I have used the first edition for years. This second edition is a wonderful expansion of the content." --William R. McPeak, PhD, Syracuse University School of Social Work

"Ethnicity and Family Therapy has long been an indispensable resource for teaching about the centrality of culture in the helping process. Now McGoldrick and Giordano have given teachers and trainers of future clinicians and their students an even richer compendium in the second edition of their work. This latest volume recognizes even more fully the wondrous diversity of families who come to the attention of helping professionals. It greatly expands understanding of what it means to be of Asian, Latin, or African descent, of the bountiful variety of cultures which spring from a common ancestry. It enables practitioners to examine their own culturally-determined values and beliefs and gain new recognition of their presence in each therapeutic encounter. The second edition of Ethnicity and Family Therapy adds both breadth and depth to the knowledge base for culturally competent practice." --Martha Morrison Dore, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work

"The second edition of Ethnicity & Family Therapy reinforces the preeminence of this publication as the first resource on culture in the field of family therapy. It is more than comprehensive with its breadth of coverage about cultural heritage. It achieves clarity and sensitivity in what is complex and delicate. Ultimately, Ethnicity & Family Therapy speaks to the family therapist in language that is both culturally informed and therapeutically sophisticated." --Harry J. Aponte, ACSW

"This is an excellent book that should be read by all therapists working with different ethnic populations. It is insightful, thoughtful, and filled with important information. I highly recommend it." --Alvin F. Poussaint, MD, Harvard Medical School; Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston, MA

"The first edition of Ethnicity and Family Therapy was an eye-opener for many family therapists. The second edition is even more elaborate that the first one. The editors succeeded in creating a broader and more in depth description of the topic of ethnicity, highlighting specific problems of a great variety of groups of people who try to accommodate to their new culture. This book is not only of great importance for American therapists, it should be read by others as well, because many Western-European countries meet the same questions with immigration. 'All of us,' according to the editors, 'are migrants, moving between our ancestors' traditions, the worlds we inhabit and the world we will leave to those who come after us.'" --Max J. van Trommel, MD, PhD, Psychiatrist

"This book is a marvelous probe of how combining cultural differences and human similarities creates a balanced new entity, thus transforming potential danger of stereotyping in creative new therapeutic ideas and interventions. I found it subtle and inspiring." --Cornelia M. Jessurun, MSW, family therapist, Amsterdam

"The comprehensive coverage of this book and the complex ethnicities of its authorship, will make it an essential work of reference for all family therapy training; as well as for all practitioners whose knowledge of our changing world needs to keep pace with the multiple realities now entering the consulting room. A useful format balances a broad overview addressing the culture and history of particular regions of the world, which precedes sets of chapters covering discrete ethnicities as these have developed within those regions. The particularities of history are related to patterns of migration and to the challenges and difficulties different peoples will have addressed in different periods in facing the economic, social, and cultural adaptations to life in the USA. While these adaptations would be different in the UK and West Europe, the approach of the book is to contextualize families within their cultures both before and following migration so that aspects of the work remains highly relevant to UK and West European readers. What I have read of the stories of ethnicity showed that this was a book that would offer new meanings to my understanding of many aspects of the lives of families I see each week and would enable me to develop my therapeutic curiosity in better informed ways. It's also helped my mother understand her brother after 70-odd years (see Greek families)." --Gill Gorell Barnes

"This is the first time I have used the latest edition of Ethnicity and Family Therapy. Like the older edition this textbook continues to be outstanding. I have found the text extremely effective in my graduate course in educational administration, 'Administration and Supervision of Staff Personnel.' At a period in our history when our schools are faced with the greatest diversity of students, this text should be required reading and a source book for all educational administrators." --Frank P. Merlo, Graduate Professor of Education, Montclair State University

About the Author

Monica McGoldrick, ACSW, PhD (h.c.), is the cofounder and Director of the Family Institute of New Jersey. An Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Visiting Professor at Fordham University School of Social Service, she also serves on the faculty of the Family Institute of Westchester. She has received a number awards for her work, including an honorary doctorate from Smith College for her many contributions to the field and the annual award of the American Family Therapy Academy for Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy, Theory, and Practice. Known internationally for her many books, she has spoken widely on a variety of topics including culture, class, gender, the family life cycle, grief and loss, genograms, and family relationships.

Joe Giordano, M.S.W., is Director of Ethnicity and Mental Health Associates and 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. Widely published, his articles on ethnicity, family, and the media have appeared in national magazines and newspapers. He also served as host on Proud to Be Me, a PBS television program for adolescents on race and ethnic identity, and is currently producing the radio series Growing Up in America--Many Families, Many Cultures.

John K. Pearce, M.D., is Medical Director of the Island Counseling Center at Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Widely published, he is President of the International Association for the Study of Comparative Psychology and serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of an Internet journal, the International Journal of Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, and Psychotherapy.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 717 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; Second Edition edition (August 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898629594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898629590
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Monica McGoldrick, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., is co-founder and director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, and adjunct faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her clinical videos: Legacies of Loss and Harnessing the Power of Genograms are available at Her books include Genograms: Assessment and Intervention, a book that explains the use of genogram mapping with famous examples from Sigmund Freud to the Fondas and Kennedys; The Genogram Journey: Reconnecting with Your Family, a book that discusses the importance of family connections for the general reader, using examples from Beethoven to Barack Obama; Ethnicity and Family Therapy, a book that discusses the patterns of 51 different cultural groups; The Expanded Family Life Cycle, a book that explores in readable fashion human evolution through the life cycle; Living Beyond Loss, a book about grief and unresolved mourning; and Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Culture and Gender in Clinical Practice, a book that outlines the important socio-cultural factors influencing families in our society. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up there and in Solebury Pennsylvania. Her ancestors (on the McGoldrick side came from Donegal, Ireland, and her mother's Cahalane ancestors came from West Cork. She majored in Russian Studies at Brown University, and received a masters degree in Russian Studies at Yale University, before switching to social work and family therapy, receiving her MSW and later an honorary PhD from Smith College School for Social Work.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From a lay reader December 15, 2000
I first read this book several years ago. I am a professional computer scientist/applied mathematician, and have no training at all in any social science aside from history, government and anthropology courses taken in college (lo these many years ago). My interest in this book arises from the illumination that its chapters on the English, the Irish, the Italians and the Jews (the main ethnic groups in the town in which I grew up) have given to otherwise inexplicable bits of my life. For example, I could never understand why one of my Yankee friends would go into paroxysms of anger when, after inviting his daughter to Sunday dinner, she would accept, and then call with a (legitimate) excuse on Saturday; or why one of my mother's best friends, a woman of Irish descent, drove me wild for over 40 years with her teasing manner, although she clearly meant very well towards me. The pathways of social and familial relationships passed from generation to generation through the filter of ethnic heritage appears to be remarkably powerful, even in these post-melting-pot days. Read this book with an eye to self-discovery if you don't believe me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great research on culture. November 11, 2000
Finally a book that does not talk about race as a four color system. The book explores the cultural issues that face specific groups. I have used this book with my Polish, Dutch, Pilipino, Korean, French Canadian, Vietnamese, and Central American clients. I have been astounded how accurate, helpful, and insightful this research was in assisting me with my clinical work. The work covers the history of people and how it can affect people generations later through recurring patterns. This book is a great resource for those who want to learn about the vast number of cultures in America and how they are affecting by their culture, history, and family.
I love Monica McGoldrick's works!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shows how mental disorders can be culturally relative October 25, 1998
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This is an excellent book for anyone who, among other things, questions whether American models of mental health are universally applicable and need concrete examples of how different cultures experience and manifest psychiatric disorders. Has sections on many different cultures, not only the numerically largest or economically most powerful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best There Is On The Influences of Our Ancestors January 20, 2002
Ethnicity and Family Therapy is quite simply the best book that exists to any interested person as well as students and professionals with a good overview of important factors to understand when dealing with differences that exist in people.
I first became familiar with Monica McGoldrick about eighteen years ago. She has devoted her life's work to research and writing on the influences of ancestry and ethnicity in our contemporary lives. Every time I pick this book up (over the first and second editions), I find myself lost in it as if it is my first discovery of it and I always learn something new! A great book for a discussion group to consider.
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