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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Mochizuki (1975) also documented Japanese Americans' usage rate of mental
health services in Los Angeles as being far ... The mean number of days until
psychiatric care was sought was more for Asians than for the American controls.
Rosenblat and Tang (1987) also found that maintenance dosages of
trifluoperazine were significantly lower in Asians than in white North Americans.
In the second half of their study, data from a survey of psychiatrists in Asia and
North America ...
Washington, DC, Bureau of the Census, U.S. Government Printing Office,
January 1989, p 39 Sue D: Use and abuse of alcohol by Asian Americans. J
Psychoactive Drugs 19(1):57- 66, 1987 Sue D, Sue S: Cultural factors in the
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