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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Although rivaled by the escalating use of cocaine , alcohol abuse and
dependence remain a central focus of substance abuse in the African American
community ( Primm and Wesley 1985 ) . It is important to note that alcohol abuse
in the ...
It is true that alcohol abuse is so common in some Indian communities that it may
be accepted as the norm . Increasingly , however , Indian people and
communities have been speaking out against this point of view , in an attempt to
they suggest ways to meet basic emotional needs more adequately .
Hydrocarbon sniffing has been considered a gateway drug for other substance
abuse in Indian adolescents , and such abuse continues to exist ( Strimba and
Sims 1974 ) .
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