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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Vogel (1970) briefly reviewed Indian theories of disease. He pointed out that
humans in general attribute diseases to one of three causes: human agency,
supernatural agency, and natural causes. Human agency is the same in Indian
It may be surprising to learn that, despite the public perception of AIDS as a
disease of white gay males. Forty percent of Americans diagnosed with AIDS are
from ethnic minority groups (Centers for Disease Control [CDC] 1990). To
Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Institute for the Study of Smoking Behavior
and Policy, 1987 Centers for Disease Control: Acquired immunodeficiency
syndrome (AIDS) among blacks and Hispanics— United States. MMWR 35:655-
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