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Document Type:Latin Dissertation
Language of Document:English
Record Number:54604
Doc. No:TL24558
Call number:‭3391717‬
Main Entry:Shana Shamloo
Title & Author:Iranian-American mental health and the contributions of Farhang Holakouee Ph.D., MFTShana Shamloo
College:Alliant International University, San Diego
Date:2009
Degree:Psy.D.
student score:2009
Page No:104
Abstract:The last 30 years have seen many Iranian immigrants entering the United States. Moving from an ancient eastern country to a modern western country has made family and relational stress common among Iranian-Americans. There are many programs designed to help Iranian immigrants adjust to their new lives in the United States; this dissertation focuses on the work of marital and family therapist (MFT) Farhang Holakouee, who is generally recognized as having had a major positive impact on the Iranian-American adjustment process. This man is an accomplished and respected MFT who uses radio, television, seminars, and the Internet to present mental health and relationship information to the Iranian-American community. Given his professional identification with marital and family therapy and his contributions to a significant American sub-culture, this dissertation addresses the research question: From his self-perception and from the perception of others, what are his mission and his contributions to Iranian-American mental health and family relations? This dissertation was not only written as a research-based case study; it was also written to guide others who may want to emulate Dr. Holakouee in their own immigrant community. The dissertation starts with a description of the Iranian culture. This is done to distinguish between the "old world" culture and the "new world" culture that is the foundation of many of the issues and problems that face his audience. This chapter also reviews and discusses the literature about Holakouee. The dissertation then moves to a discussion of the methodology and its philosophical foundations. In the third chapter, I present the results of my interviews with Holakouee. In the last chapter, I present my impressions about Dr. Holakouee that were developed while conducting this research. I see much of his material as a unique amalgam of several western mental health theorists along with ideas of several Persian thinkers, philosophers, and poets. Holakouee stresses unity among people for the common good. He believes in cooperation rather than competition. I believe some of the factors that make him effective are his familiarity with Iran and the Iranian-American cultures, his being bilingual, his high intelligence, his broad education, and his effectiveness as a communicator.
Subject:Social sciences; Psychology; Iranian immigrants; Iranian-Americans; Holakouee, Farhang; Mental health; Iranian women; Immigrants; Women; Biographies; Clinical psychology; 0304:Biographies; 0622:Clinical psychology
Added Entry:S. W. Brown
Added Entry:Alliant International University, San Diego