Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Illness

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American Psychiatric Pub, 1993 - 640 pages

In recent years there has been a greater recognition of how cultural concepts, values, and beliefs influence the way mental symptoms are expressed, how individuals and their families respond to mental distresses and to psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, and how mental health care is delivered community-wide.

This comprehensive, clinically oriented volume examines the expression and treatment of mental illness in the context of culture. Written by 35 international experts in the field, Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Illness covers the areas of the clinical encounter in which culture plays a prominent role, including psychiatric epidemiology, psychotherapy, culture-bound syndromes, and psychiatric assessment.

Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Illness provides a cultural framework in the psychiatric care of a variety of groups in the United States, including African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanics, women, elderly people, and gay men and lesbians. There is also a chapter dealing with the impact of AIDS among minorities. Eight glossaries of ethnic terms, including foreign language characters, are included.

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Contents

Culture in Clinical Psychiatry
5
Psychiatric Epidemiology
45
CultureBound Syndromes
77
Selected Glossary of Ethnic Terms for Folk Illnesses
96
CrossCultural Psychotherapy
103
CrossCultural Psychiatric Assessment
127
Culture and Clinical Care
147
Psychiatric Care of African Americans
149
Psychiatric Care of Mexican Americans
433
Psychiatric Care of Puerto Ricans
469
Culture and Psychiatric Care of Women
503
Psychiatric Care of Ethnic Elders
519
Cultural Considerations in the Psychiatric Care of Gay Men and Lesbians
555
The Mental Health Impact of AIDS on Ethnic Minorities
575
Glossaries of Ethnic Terms
589
Glossary of Chinese Terms
591

Separation and Loss in African American Children Clinical Perspectives
177
Psychiatric Care of American Indians and Alaska Natives
191
Psychiatric Care of Chinese Americans
247
Psychiatric Care of Indochinese Americans
283
Psychiatric Care of Japanese Americans
307
Psychiatric Care of Korean Americans
349
Psychiatric Care of Filipino Americans
379
Ethnopsychopharmacology
415
Glossary of Japanese Terms
595
Glossary of Korean Terms
597
Glossary of Pilipino and Related Terms
599
Glossary of Mexican Terms
605
Glossary of Puerto Rican Terms
607
Index
609
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Albert C. Gaw, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California in San Francisco, California. Dr. Gaw also serves as the Medical Director for Long Term Care at the Community Mental Health Services of the Department of Public Health for the City and County of San Francisco. He further works as the Medical Director of the San Francisco Mental Health Rehabilitation Facility of San Francisco General Hospital for the Community Health Network of San Francisco of the Department of Public Health for the City and County of San Francisco.

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