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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Primarily during this century , the overt policy of extermination of Indian people
was changed into a more subtle one of absorbing the Indian into mainstream
society . The Dawes Act of 1887 stipulated that communally owned ( Indian )
lands be ...
Traditional Culture It is true that some tribal cultures have been largely destroyed
, but traditional culture is alive and well in many Indian tribes . Traditional cultural
practices may appear strange to non - Indians , but these are not pathological .
Albert Gaw. Washington , DC , Administration on Aging , 1984 Manson SM ,
Shore JH , Bloom JD : The depressive experience in American Indian
communities : a challenge for psychiatric theory and diagnosis , in Culture and
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