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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For example, Marcos (1976) found that bilingual patients whose native language
was Spanish, if interviewed in English rather than Spanish, were rated as being
more mentally ill, less emotionally detached, and having less contact with the ...
Acculturation occurs when two cultures in contact come to adopt beliefs, values,
and practices from one another. An example is the influence that Cuban refugees
have had on the Miami area, and vice versa. More commonly, an individual or a ...
For example, English has many more words to describe anxious feelings
compared with the Thai-Lao languages. English terms referring to anxiety include
"tense," "uptight," "nervous," "anxious," and "jittery." In the Thai-Lao languages it
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