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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Preface his book attempts to examine the expression and treatment of mental
illness in the context of culture . The emphasis is clinical , and the volume is
intended to provide a cultural framework in the psychiatric care of ethnic patients
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This may or may not be the language spoken in the home . The patient ' s first
language is usually the one he or she is able to speak most easily and
comfortably . Moreover , this language is the one most available for emotional
The Expression of Mental Illness The expression of mental illness in Indochinese
people is curtailed by fear of stigmatization by their community , fear of being sent
back to their country of origin , and lack of understanding of Western medical ...
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