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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Shore and colleagues ( 1987 ) reviewed the literature on rates of depression in
Indian people . They report high rates of depression relative to the majority (
Shore and Manson 1981 ) . The work of Shore and colleagues ( 1987 ) and
Chinese , who had access to a large like - ethnic community providing emotional
support and reinforcing a sense of identity , had lower rates of depression that
continued to fall over time . Beiser ( 1987 ) has further suggested that refugees ...
marked inhibition , and a clinical depression . Casual observers of this family ,
however , did not perceive the relationship between her behavioral pattern and
her husband's . This dysfunctional relationship appeared to serve both partners :
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