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CARIBBEAN PSYCHOLOGY
Indigenous Contributions to a Global Discipline

Jaipul L. Roopnarine, Ph.d and Derek Chadee, Ph.D
American Psychological Association, 2015

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES The reader will be able to:
Describe in the context of Caribbean psychology: gobal, regional, and indigenous perspectives on:
• international psychology
• remote acculturation
• Americanized youth culture
• family socialization
• childhood development
• health and health outcomes
• health behavior
• violence
• copycat crime
• fear of crime
• HIV/AIDS stigmatization
• mental health in the Caribbean
• adapting European and American assessment instruments

Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, Ph.D, is a professor of Child and Family Studies at Syracuse University. He was a consultant to the Roving Caregiver Program implemented in several Caribbean countries. He was Fulbright scholar to The University of the West Indies, and awarded a Distinguished Visiting Nehru Chair at M.S. Baroda University. Derek Chadee, Ph.D, is a Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Beahvioural Sciences. The University of West Indies, St. Augustine campus. He is also director of the ANSA McAL Psychological Research Centre at UWI.

The Caribbean is a vast region where members of diverse ethnic groups speak many different languages and have ancestral ties to various continents. This cultural diversity results in an array of unique psychological needs. However, these groups all share a common history of colonialism, slavery, and indentured servitude that continues to impact them to this day. Thus, researchers, practitioners, and organizations must collaborate to create a unified Caribbean psychology that meets both the shared and disparate needs of those who live in the region and in the diaspora.

This book brings together scholars from diverse fields, many of whom come from Caribbean backgrounds. Divided into five sections, the book begins with an overview of psychology in the Caribbean, arguing that psychology is biased towards the Euro-American perspective. Thus, it examines the conceptual bases for an indigenous approach to Caribbean psychology as part of a more globalized discipline. Each subsequent section focuses on a particular field of study: Developmental psychology, health and community psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology. Chapters within these sections cover a range of topics that will benefit not only researchers and practitioners who focus on Caribbean-specific issues, but also those who seek a more international approach to psychology.

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"Its contextual, regional, and global perspectives make it clear that this is a book that is relevant to those not only in the Caribbean but also across the globe. Caribbean Psychology is not only good for the Caribbean region but also good for the world. --PsycCRITIQUES


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