Comprehensiveness rating: 4 read less
The authors did an excellent job of comprehensively describing the immigrant and refugee experience in the United States. Each chapter provided extensive coverage of topics and issues that are very relevant to understanding and working with immigrants and refugees. This book provides an excellent overview of the immigrant and refugees experiences, their journey to the United States, some of the mental health and other health concerns they may present with when seeking assistance, and specific ways that can be helpful in their resettlement. I especially appreciated the chapter on Resilience and factors that facilitate that process, as often the negative aspects of immigrants and refugees are highlighted. I found the authors' emphases of the book from a systems perspective to be an appropriate model in terms of how we can view the families from a collectivistic rather than individualistic perspective. I think the authors did a great job of presenting both theories and research on this important topic, and comprehensively covered the areas they wanted to include in the book. The only things missing were the index and glossary. This book makes a major contribution to the literature on immigrants and refugees.
Accuracy rating: 5
This book presented a variety of perspectives on immigrants and refugees. The statistical data presented was accurate and up to date. They often provided links to sources of data for further exploration and information, which is a major strength of the book. The approaches to understanding immigrants and refugees were balanced, as they often presented many views, including opposing views, to ensure comprehensive coverage of the issues.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 5
This book makes an outstanding contribution to the literature on immigrants and refugees because of its up to date statistics, research studies, and coverage of currents events such as the Affordable Care Act and its impact on immigrants and refugees. I think that the book is amenable to updates as they become available and can easily be inserted in the appropriate places in the chapters because it is an E-book. I see the contents as being relevant at this time because of the current occurrences related to refugees (e.g. Syrian refugees), and the policies about immigration that are being discussed. This book has an important place in understanding how we, as Americans, can assist in the resettlement of both immigrants and refugees. This book also provides important information for health care professionals in responding in a culturally-relevant manner to the needs of immigrants and refugees.
Clarity rating: 5
This book is written for a very wide audience from the volunteer who desires to assist his/her neighbor who is an immigrant or refugee to the professional who wants to ensure that that she/he has a grasp of how to approach their work with immigrants or refugees. I appreciated that the authors clearly defined some of the terms they used. For instance, they often explained the theories they described in common terminology and provided definitions when necessary. All of the topics they chose to emphasize were clearly delineated and illustrated with case examples.
Consistency rating: 5
The overarching theme for the book is how we can understand and assist immigrants and refugees. Consequently, they organized the chapters that build on each other as they tell the story of immigrants and refugees. They provide convincing data to support what they propose and emphasize that there is no unilateral manner to understanding and assisting immigrants and refugees. I like their theme of seeing immigrants and refugees, in the context of their families, throughout the book.
Modularity rating: 5
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
This book is well organized and flows well. The chapters build on each other, although they can be read as individual units. The book starts out with understanding policies, recognizing the journey, the importance of human rights, economic considerations, mental health issues, including intimate partner violence and substance abuse, the role of resilience, and understanding resettlement. The book covers information that is essential in an understanding of immigrants and refugees.
Interface rating: 5
One of the advantages of this book is that it can interface with a variety of devices and it displays well. I liked the links to further information. The text is quite readable.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
The grammar of the book was fine and there were no significant grammatical errors. In fact, the writing was clear and comprehensible.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
One of the highlights of this book is its cultural relevance. It does a great job of describing culturally relevant ways to approach and work with immigrants and refugees. For instance, it emphasizes the need for health care professionals and psychotherapists to understand the background and experiences of immigrants and refugees and develop culturally appropriate ways of working with them. It also describes the importance of understanding culture in the resettlement process.
As an immigrant, I was very impressed with this book. I like the research base as well as the practical applications. As a professor in clinical psychology, I plan to use this book in my Multicultural Psychotherapy class. It is very important that psychologists understand how to work effectively with immigrants and refugees in culturally relevant ways. I highly recommend this book for both undergraduate and graduate classes.