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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IIn this chapter , I consider only one set of such relationships : those between the
practice of psychiatry and its cultural setting ( and not , for example , the role of
cultural factors in the etiology of psychiatric disorders ) . My basic assertion here
groups are very heterogeneous and members are at different levels of
acculturation and of different socioeconomic strata . . . . It is important for
clinicians to learn as much as possible about different cultural groups , but it is
unlikely that they will ...
New York , Columbia University Press , 1944 , pp 589 – 617 La Barre W : The
cultural basis of emotions and gestures . J Pers 16 : 49 – 68 , 1947 Lazare A :
Outpatient Psychiatry : Diagnosis and Treatment . Baltimore , MD , Williams &
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