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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Cartwright ( 1951 ) , in an introduction to a collection of essays by Kurt Lewin ,
one of the major figures in the application of the concept of “ field " to both
individual and social psychology , conveys the gist of this approach in noting that
Another difficult issue for Pilipino families is the question of emancipation and
individual rights versus family welfare . Is family solidarity more important than
individual fulfillment ? Here , the tradition of consensus born of communalism is
However , an understanding of gay men and lesbians requires a recognition of
the inherent diversity within these groups of individuals . Definitions Labels such
as “ gay man , ” “ lesbian , ” or “ homosexual ” tell very little about an individual .
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