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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Other limitations of those studies included the lack of standardized assessments
for diagnosis and the relatively small samples studied . The list of factors paving
the way toward the new epidemiological studies should be headed by ...
Although the authors controlled the sample for age , sex , and social class , white
patients were diagnosed more often as depressed , and African American ...
Another factor influencing diagnosis is the interpretation of psychotic symptoms .
The researchers found that the gender of the psychiatrist and of the “ patient ”
influenced the psychiatrist ' s diagnosis . ... If the profile identified the patient as a
man , the therapists tended to diagnose antisocial personality . But if the patient ...
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