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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It is important for clinicians to learn as much as possible about different cultural
groups , but it is unlikely that they will be able ... 605 ) However desirable it might
be , it is usually not possible for a clinician to take an extended period of graduate
Use of Translators Most clinicians would agree that translators provide a vital role
in linking clinicians to patients in our ... may not be fluent in or even familiar with
the English language , the Western - trained clinician must rely on a translator .
Interpreters have reported reluctance in asking patients about sexual matters ,
financial background , material that might be disrespectful to the clinician , and
information related to suicidal or homicidal thoughts . Marcos ( 1979 ) studied the
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