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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Because it is expected that in each setting a constellation of factors may be
operating , the prevalences obtained in different settings may be traced to various
factors . The term “ risk factors ” is used to denote those factors that contribute to
From this cross - cultural perspective , psychiatric disorders are viewed as the
aggregate contribution of biological , psychological , and social factors .
Therefore , similarities in prevalence rates raise serious questions concerning
There are , however , many factors in addition to treatment that may contribute to
successful outcome . ... Community commitment to abstinence among its
members is also an important factor ( Alhali Lake Indian Band , undated ) . The
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