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 , English has many more words to describe anxious feelings
compared with the Thai - Lao languages . ... Do you have a feeling that is like fear
, but there may be nothing specific to be fearful about ; your heart may speed up ;
Cultural transference , a term coined by Spiegel ( 1976 ) , refers to the feelings
and attitudes a patient may have for the clinician ' s ethnic group ( or groups ,
because many Americans are themselves multiethnic ) . The patient may or may
The most frequent subjective psychological state that the patients associated with
hwabyung was a feeling of anger and indignation because they had been treated
unfairly and unjustly . Other feelings they reported included dissatisfaction ...
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