Empowerment: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Strategies and Psychological Benefits


Randall B. Harris (Editor)

Series: Health Psychology Research Focus
BISAC: MED000000

Empowerment is something that gives people hopes and dreams, brings them courage, and prompts them to be filled with the strength to live. It is a wonderful quality that should be present in everyone. People are born with splendid abilities. And throughout their lives, they can continue to demonstrate magnificent strengths. In this book, chapter one covers the latest theories and practices of empowerment. The second chapter reviews how empowerment can be a tool in both treatment and stigma reduction for individuals with serious mental illness (SMI). Chapter three discusses empowerment as a tool to enhance social integration among mainland Chinese migrants in Hong Kong. Chapter four provides a theoretical review of experiences of sexual objectification and their consequences for women.

The following chapter examines empowerment of women in the tourism and hospitality industry. Chapter six describes how, through their participation in mutual assistance groups, the wives of alcoholic men are able to re-signify conjugal relationships that are usually deeply marked by physical and psychological violence. Chapter seven provides characteristics of the empowerment of Japanese families rearing children. Chapter eight provides a historical overview of the appropriation of empowerment and recovery ideas and approaches in the mental health field in Brazil. The final three chapters assess hope, provide lessons learned from an economic empowerment model, and examines prevention mother to child transmission programs for HIV-positive women living in West Nile Uganda.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

pp. vii-xii

Chapter 1
New Empowerment Models on Practical Strategies for Wellbeing
(Tokie Anme, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan)
pp. 1-16

Chapter 2
Empowerment as a Tool for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness
(Lindsay A. Phillips, Jennifer McIntyre, Zach Greth, Chris Kichline and Esther Bird, Albright College, Reading, PA, USA, and others)
pp. 17-26

Chapter 3
Empowerment to Enhance Social Integration among Mainland Chinese Migrants in Hong Kong
(Chau-kiu Cheung, City University of Hong Kong, China)
pp. 27-44

Chapter 4
Sexual Objectification: A Double-Edged Sword for Female Empowerment
(Gemma Sáez, Inmaculada Valor-Segura, Francisca Expósito, University of Granada, Spain)
pp. 45-60

Chapter 5
Empowerment of Women in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry in Asia
(Catherine Cheung, Tom Baum, Georgie Passalaris, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China)
pp. 61-70

Chapter 6
Love and Power: Empowerment and Self-Help Groups among the Wives of Alcoholics in Brazil
(Luciana Araujo Gomes and Carla de Meis, Psychologist of the Department of Social Welfare of Angra dos Reis, Angra dos Reis, Brazil, Associated Professor of the Department of Psychiatry of the Medical School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
pp. 71-86

Chapter 7
Characteristics of the Empowerment of Japanese Families Rearing Children
(Rie Wakimizu and Hiroshi Fujioka, Department of Child Health Care Nursing, Division of Health Innovation and Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Japan, and others)
pp. 87-106

Chapter 8
Assessing Hope in HIV-Positive Women Living in Rural West Nile Uganda: The Development and Pilot Implementation of a Field Tool
(Brenna Lynn McGuire, Katherine Gnauck, Lynne Fullerton, Moses Anguzu and Lucy Adiru, University of New Mexico Health Science Center, Albuquerque, USA, and others)
pp. 107-118

Chapter 9
Fostering Independence and Equality: Lessons Learned from an Economic Empowerment Model in West Nile Uganda
(Brenda Seevers and Katherine Gnauck, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, USA, and others)
pp. 119-134

Chapter 10
An Economic Empowerment Initiative Partnered with Prevention Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Programs for HIV-Positive Women in West Nile Uganda: Does Participation Increase Self-Efficacy Related to HIV-AIDS Stigma?
(Katherine Gnauck, Teresa Kate Leslie, Lynne Fullerton, Brenna Lynn McGuire, Lucy Adiru, Brenda Seevers, and Moses Anguzu, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, NM, USA, and others)
pp. 135-152

pp. 153-163

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