Recently published

A summary of recently published books relevant to international psychology.

Foundations of Chinese Psychology: Confucian Social Relations

By Kwang-Kuo Hwang

Foundations of Chinese Psychology: Confucian Social Relations"Professor Hwang, a Taiwanese-born psychologists, trained in graduate school at the University of Hawaii in social and cultural psychology, began to explore the thoughts and writings of the ancient venerated Chinese sage, Confucius (551 BCE-479 BCE), with special attention to the role of Confucian ideas in shaping Chinese psychology across the ages. Professor Hwang‘s studies revealed the profound impact of Confucian thought for understanding Chinese psychology and behavior, even within the brief period of Communist and Maoist political domination. In a series of publications that now have important historical implications for psychology, Professor Hwang documented the relationship between Chinese psychology and behavior and Confucian thought, especially the critical role of relationism. Professor Hwang noted that Confucian thought places heavy emphasis on morality, context, and the nature of interpersonal relations. This recognition became the foundation for much of Professor Hwang‘s subsequent writings—writings that now find their first collected presentation in the West through this compendium of his thought." ~ from the Foreword by Anthony Marsella, PhD, and Wade Pickren, PhD

 

Internationalizing the Psychology Curriculum in the United States

Edited by Frederick T.L. Leong, Wade E. Pickren, Mark M. Leach, & Anthony J. Marsella

Internationalizing the Psychology Curriculum in the United States"Not long ago, psychology held that its Western-based tenets were universal truths applicable throughout the world. From this early naïve assumption, the discipline has evolved to realize the need for cross-cultural competence in both practice and research. Today, commitment to professional ethics and scientific advancement is driving the adaptation of theories, models, and therapies to create a more inclusive psychology for the age of globalization. Internationalizing the Psychology Curriculum in the United States responds to this challenge by setting out clear guidelines for educating and training new generations of culturally attuned practitioners and scholars. Addressing graduate course needs in a wide range of specialties, contributors explore the impact of sociopolitical and other local forces on the individual, and how this in turn can be used in more culturally sensitive and authentic practice. The book includes an overview of the evolution of psychology from ethnocentric bias to international worldview, and makes content-rich recommendations for modifying course design and objectives." ~ excerpt from the Springer website

 

War Trauma and Its Aftermath: An International Perspective on the Balkan and Gulf Wars

By Laurence Armand French and Lidija Nikolic-Novakovic

War Trauma and Its Aftermath: An International Perspective on the Balkan and Gulf Wars"War trauma has long been associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a term coined in 1980 to explain the post-war impact of Vietnam veterans. The Gulf and Balkan wars added new dimensions to the traditional PTSD definition, due largely to the changing dynamics of these wars. With these wars came unprecedented use of reserve and National Guard personnel in U.S. forces along with the largest contingent of female military personnel to date. Rapid deployment, sexual assaults, and suicides surfaced as paramount untreated problems within coalition force. Rapes, torture, suicides, and a high prevalence of untreated civilian victims of the Balkan wars added to the new dimensions of the traumatic stress continuum. Suicide bombers and roadside bombings added to the definition of combat stress, as military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan were forced to be constantly vigilant for these attacks—regardless of whether they served in combat areas." ~Laurence Armand French is a sociologist, criminologist, and psychologist. He has worked with traumatic stress clients for over forty years. Previously, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959-65. Lidija Nikolic-Novakovic speaks both English and Serbian fluently. She lived in Vojvodina with her family during the NATO air attacks from March to June of 1999.