Overdue Overview of Elderly Latino Mental Health

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 61–62. Reviews the book, Hispanic Aged Mental Health edited by T. L. Brink (1992). This book emerged from a special issue of the Clinical Gerontologist: The Journal of Aging and Mental Health, also edited by Brink. Although the chapters vary in length, theoretical and empirical emphasis, and occasionally in quality, the book's overall wealth of information and relevance to practitioners and researchers in the area of elderly Latino mental health makes it both useful and timely. In addition to being the first of its kind, the book covers a comprehensive range of topics highly relevant to its target clinical population and readership. Topics are organized into sections on quality of life (e.g., life satisfaction); family-oriented issues (e. g., culture-based caregiving to the elderly); health and mental health service utilization; and assessment of special problems (e. g., depression, alcoholism, folk-based conceptions of illness, and neuropsychologlcal evaluation with the Spanish-speaking). (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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