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
There is a considerable literature discussing the periods of altered
consciousness prescribed for certain social and ceremonial occasions ( e . g . ,
Crapanzano and Garrison 1977 ; Prince 1968 ) . In the glossary of culture -
bound syndromes ...
... Syndromes : Folk Illnesses of Psychiatric and Anthropological Interest . Edited
by Simons RC , Hughes CC . Dordrecht , Netherlands , D Reidel , 1985 , pp 91 -
110 Pfeiffer WM : Culture - bound syndromes , in Culture and Psychopathology .
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