Help-seeking: Traditional and modern ways of knowing, and insights for mental health practice

Alean Al-Krenawi, John R. Graham

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The present chapter is about mental health practices among Arab Americans. Like any construct, the notion of “Arab American” obscures and neglects as much as it explains and illuminates. There is tremendous diversity within either concept of “Arab” or “American”– to say nothing of “Arab American.” People understand themselves, and others, on the basis of various intersecting factors such as age, gender, degree of religious conviction, geography, range of ability, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. People intermarry; they move; they change and grow over time. Therefore, loosely defined categories such as “Arab American,” “Arab Muslim,” or “Arab Christian” are oversimplified and marked by reductionism. At the same time, they can be useful in identifying group trends in the existing scholarship. Thus, the generalizations presented in this chapter regarding culture and its intersections with mental health practice are intended as a starting point for further reflection and clarification.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Arab American Psychology
EditorsMona Amer, Germine Awad
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780203763582
ISBN (Print)9780415841924, 9780415841931
StatePublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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