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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9 Psychiatric Care of Chinese Americans Albert C. Gaw, M.D. In this chapter, the
term "Chinese American" refers to both United States citizens of Chinese
ancestry and Chinese citizens who reside permanently in the continental United
psychological testing performance of Chinese American students (Sue and Sue
1974), and comparative study of depression between Asian and white ... Those
Chinese Americans who get treatment tend to be patients who are more
Chinese American patients often believe that Chinese medications have fewer
side effects. ... and sensitivities, it should not be automatically assumed that drug
dosages recommended for whites are equally valid for Chinese Americans.
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