Perspectives in Caribbean Psychology attempts to record the unique psychological character of those who live in the Caribbean and more broadly people of African-Caribbean heritage. It considers the impact of colonialism, the struggle for domination by various European and North American countries through history on individuals, and the unique psychological realities that have emerged from attempts to come to terms with the realities of Caribbean culture and experience.
Contributors address prevalent issues of violence, mental illness, stigma, psychopathology and HIV/AIDS, and chronicle the adaptation, cultural retentions, resilience and migratory tenacity of the Caribbean people, both within their geographic communities and in the Diaspora.
This book makes the case for a definitively Caribbean psychology with a range of chapters on psychological assessment, understanding and treatment modalities culled from a Caribbean experience. It will be an invaluable source of reference for anyone with an interest in multicultural psychology, as well as for social work and mental health professionals working with members of the Caribbean community.
Foreword. Professor Elsa Leo-Rhynie. Introduction. Frederick W. Hickling. 1. Caribbean Identity Issues. Kai Morgan and Keisha-Gaye N.O'Garo. 2. Psychopathology of the Jamaican People. Frederick W. Hickling. 3. Resilience: Secrets of Success in African-Caribbean People. Hilary Robertson-Hickling. 4. Family Life in the Caribbean: Assessment and Counselling Models. Marina Ramkissoon, Sharon-Ann Gopaul-McNicol, Barry Davidson, Brigitte K. Matthies and Orlean Brown Earle. 5. The Stigma of Mental Illness in Jamaica. Carlotta Arthur, Frederick W. Hickling, Roger C. Gibson, Hilary Robertson-Hickling, Wendel D. Abel, Tamika Haynes-Robinson and Rob Whitley. 6. Culture and Behaviour: Recognition of Cultural Behaviours in Trinidad and Tobago. Hari D. Maharajh and Akleema Kalpoo. 7. Development Psychology in Caribbean Infants and Pre-Schoolers. Maureen Samms-Vaughan. 8. Developmental Psychology in Caribbean School-aged Children, Ages 3-17. Stacey N. Brodie-Walker. 9. Measuring and Predicting Severe Psychopathology in Caribbean Adults. Michael C. Lambert, Clement T.M. Lambert, Frederick W. Hickling and Kena Douglas. 10. Redefining Personality Disorder in Jamaica. Frederick W. Hickling, Jacqueline Martin, and Allison Harrisingh-Dewar. 11. Psychology and HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean: An Introduction and Overview. Peter D. Weller and Katija Khan. 12. Neuropsychological Assessment in the Caribbean. Tony Ward. 13. The Evolution of Sexual Behaviour in the Caribbean: A Psychological Perspective. Tamika Haynes-Robinson. 14. Issues of Violence in the Caribbean. Brigitte K. Matthies, Julie-Meeks Gardner, Avril Daley and Claudette Crawford-Brown. 15. Traditional Mental Health Practices in Jamaica: On the Phenomenology of Red Eye, Bad-mind and Obeah. Frederick W. Hickling and Caryl James. 16. The Roles and Responsibilities of Clinical Psychologists in the Caribbean. Frederick W. Hickling, Ruth Doorbar, Jacqueline Benn, Elaine Gordon, Kai Morgan and Brigitte K. Matthies. 17. Reflections of a Psychologist in Jamaica. Ruth Doorbar. 18. The Application of Traditional Psychotherapy Models in the Caribbean. Rosemarie Johnson, Peter Weller, Sharon Williams Brown and Audrey Pottinger. 19. Sport Psychology in the Caribbean. Kai Moran and Leapetswe Malete. 20. Race, Language and Self-Concept in Caribbean Childhoods. Karen Carpenter and Hubert Devonish. 21. Psychological Assessment. Rosemarie Johnson and Tracey Coley. 22. Forensic Psychology in the Caribbean Context. Lester O. Shields and Franklin Ottey. 23. Media Psychology in the Caribbean. Frederick W. Hickling, Eulalee Thomson, Sophia Chandler and Brigitte K. Matthies. 24. The Application of Therapeutic Community Principles in Jamaica. Frederick W. Hickling, Mylie McCallum, Doreth Garvey and Tracey Coley. Index. Contributors.
About the Editors:
Frederick W. Hickling, MBBS, DM, MRCPsych, FRSM was born in Jamaica and educated in medicine and psychiatry at the University of the West Indies. He received specialist training in Anatomy at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School, University of London, and postgraduate training in psychiatry at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, University of Edinburgh. Recognised as a pioneer of cultural therapy in Jamaica, he is now Professor of Psychiatry at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, and Executive Director of the Caribbean Institute of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. He is also Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Brigitte K. Matthies is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles.
Kai Morgan is Lecturer in Psychology, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.
Roger C. Gibson is Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica.