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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Therefore, it is important in considering any instance of a culture- bound
syndrome to consider not only the elements of the presented behavior and
observations that are significant in the Western scientific system, but also the
elements that are ...
Culture-Bound Syndromes of Western Societies A number of authors have
pointed out that recurrent patterns of culturally shaped aberrant behavior that are
indigenously considered pathological but that have no place in official diagnostic
Some were even physicians and accepted Western concepts of physical illness.
But their apparent Westernization does not mean acceptance of Western
psychological concepts. Ideas such as intrapsychic conflict, unconscious
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