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Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers Editor

Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology

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Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology

Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers (Ed.)

Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology

Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology Department of Educational Psychology Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey U.S.A.

ISBN-13: 978-0-387-71798-2 This publication is available also as: Electronic publication under 978-0-387-71799-9 and Print and electronic bundle under ISBN 978-0-387-71800-2 Library of Congress Control Number: 2008925838 All rights are reserved. This work may not be translated or copied in whole or in part without the written permission of the publisher (Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA), except for brief excerpts in connection with reviews or scholarly analysis. Use in connection with any form of information storage and retrieval, electronic adaption, computer software, or similar or dissimilar methodology now known or hereafter developed is forbidden. The use in this publication of trade names, trademarks, service marks, and similar terms, even if they are not identified as such, is not to be taken as an expression of opinion as to whether or not they are subject to proprietary rights. Springer is part of Springer Science+Business Media springer.com # Springer Science+Business Media LLC 2010 Product liability: The publishers cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information about the application of operative techniques and medications contained in this book. In every individual case the user must check such information by consulting the relevant literature. springer.com Printed on acid-free paper

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To Julian, Isabel, and Sabrina—whose love and support throughout this work speaks volumes!

Preface It is with great anticipation that I hope you, the reader, will learn from the pages that follow. The field of school psychology is becoming increasingly prominent. School-based mental health centers provide counseling and services to youth in one of their primary natural environments—the school. They give children and families access to counseling, assessment, intervention, resources, and referrals, among a host of other services. Access is enhanced when interventions are delivered where children live their lives and experience their world. This is unlike going to an outside environment for support such as a private practice setting. This in-life intervention is further enhanced when it is provided in a way that reflects the youth’s experience. The Encyclopedia of CrossCultural School Psychology puts the practice of school psychology in a cross-cultural context. It explores how school psychology is culturally and linguistically relevant for students who represent various dimensions of diversity. When selecting topics to write, contributors were instructed to consider how each subject area played out in a cross-cultural context. Hence, the concept of acade