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 such influence is not explicitly recognized in the Western clinical
protocol , that protocol is itself an artifact of the cultural structuring of human
knowledge and behavior . And the structure is not , as often assumed , the pure
yield of ...
The two kinds of data on which concepts of culture are based are behavior ( what
people do , say , and think ) , and artifacts ( what they have made in the form of art
, artifacts , architecture , and technology ) . To some , “ culture ” conceptualized ...
Albert Gaw. kinds . Possession may be the indigenous explanation of a psychotic
state , but sometimes “ possessed ” behavior is simply the playing out of a
socially prescribed role . There is a considerable literature discussing the periods
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