Alice Cleland makes important contribution to new book

 Dr Alice Cleland, Research Advisor with MMResearch ™ in Wellington, has recently co-authored a chapter for the book: Professional Practice of Psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand, published by the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS). The purpose of the book is to provide "best-practice guidelines" for psychologists in New Zealan

In her chapter, Alice, and her co-author, Mei Williams of Massey University, provide an overview of Asian peoples in New Zealand, with particular reference to their cultural beliefs, perceptions of mental health, and barriers to help-seeking behaviour. A discussion on the psychology of migration and the implication of this on psychological practice is also presented. The chapter concludes with suggestions and recommended guidelines for psychologists working with Asian peoples in New Zealand.

Although the focus of the chapter is primarily on practice guidelines for psychologists and practitioners working with Asian peoples in New Zealand, the chapter is also relevant and may be of interest to those who are not necessarily working with Asian peoples at the "grass roots level", such as researchers and policy analysts, as it provides interesting and important contextual information about this cohort of the New Zealand population.

September 2007

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