Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Illness
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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Epidemiologic Studies Simon and colleagues (1973) reported one of the few
studies that compared the diagnoses of African American and white patients in a
state hospital. On admission, research psychiatrists, using the Research
However, younger blacks may view health care as a right and are therefore
willing to confront those health care professionals whom they consider less
responsive to their needs or disrespectful in their treatment of African American
Engaging Korean American Patients in Therapy Literature on psychiatric
treatment and psychotherapy with Korean American patients is extremely limited.
The following material is based primarily on the clinical experiences of S. C. Kim (
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