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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Results of these preliminary incidence analyses indicated that among men ,
major depression and alcohol and drug disorders had a peak incidence in the
youngest group ( ages 18 through 29 ) . Although for women , substance use
later in this chapter , despite similar demographic characteristics , the prevalence
of major depressive disorders for mainland Puerto Ricans was also significantly
higher than that of Puerto Ricans living in Puerto Rico . The Canadian Study .
Major Classic Disorders Classic mental illnesses do occur among blacks .
Authors have raised specific concerns about misdiagnosis , inadequate treatment
, and poor longterm management of blacks with psychiatric disorders ( Fisher
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