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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Traditional Healers Indian people have their own healers, called by a variety of
names, including "medicine man [or woman]." These healers serve a wide variety
of functions, including physician, counselor, priest, and historian (Fields 1976).
Magnetic healing, which consists of passing the magnetic healer's hands over
the affected area while the healer prays, meditates, and reportedly is possessed
by a supernatural being. This technique is credited with restoring the normal flow
Except for a few Pilipino physicians who have established working relationships
with selected healers in the Philippines, mutual rejection and avoidance
characterize the relationship between mainstream health workers and Philippine
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