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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Excluding tobacco dependence, the researchers found the prevalence rates for
exhibiting any mental disorder were 16.3%, 28.0%, and 21.5% for subjects living
in a metropolitan Taipei city sample, a small town sample, and a rural village ...
In the United States, Reynolds (1989) has practiced Morita therapy and Naikan
therapy (together referred to as "Constructive Living") since the early 1970s.
There are Constructive Living centers located in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Salt Lake
Fifty-four percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives live in predominantly
urban areas, with less than 24% living on reservations (John 1991). People age
65 and over represent 6% of the American Indian and Alaska Native population.
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