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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3 Culture-Bound Syndromes Ronald C. Simons, M.D., M.A. Charles C. Hughes,
Ph.D. he term "culture-bound syndrome" is used to denote any of certain
recurrent, locality-specific patterns of aberrant behavior and experience that
appear to fall ...
In the glossary of culture-bound syndromes one of us compiled (Hughes 1985),
some reference to possession can be found in about one-tenth of the 185 entries.
Thus, possession may be used to explain both the behaviors and experiences ...
Aust N Z J Psychiatry 3:263-265, 1969 Ohnuki-Tierney E: Shamans and Imu
among two Ainu groups — towards a cross-cultural model of interpretation, in
The Culture-Bound Syndromes: Folk Illnesses of Psychiatric and Anthropological
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