Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Women of Color: Integrating Ethnic and Gender Identities in Psychotherapy

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Women of Color: Integrating Ethnic and Gender Identities in Psychotherapy

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Comas-Diaz, L., & Greene, B. (1994). Women of color: Integrating ethnic and gender identities in psychotherapy. New York: Guilford, 518 pp., $44.95.

Two thumbs up! Women of Color stands among other landmark books such as Ethnicity and Family Therapy and Black Families in Therapy. It fills a major gap in the literature by comprehensively addressing the effects of both race and gender on the psychological development of women of color. It also emphasizes the crucial role of gender and race as major constructs in all family development.

Women of Color comes alive with the spirit of each ethnoracial group of women covered. It takes us into the hearts and souls of these women as they make meaning of their lives. It also sensitizes practitioners to relevant mental health issues and concerns.

The book is organized into three sections. The authors stress the heterogeneity of women of color in the beginning section. This section provides a sociocultural context for African American, American Indian, Asian American, Latina/Hispanic, and East and West Indian women. It includes a rich and thorough discussion of significant factors (i.e., gender roles, immigration, economics, religious/spiritual philosophy, family structure, and education) that impinge on each group's self-identity. In this section, the common thread of oppression binds the articles together.

The second section offers a critique of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family therapy, feminist, and integrative approaches with women of color. …

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