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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Eichler and her colleagues at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education have
elucidated three specific and troubling problems of bias in research:
androcentricity, which they define as viewing the world from the male perspective
Zeldow (1978M has shown that psychopathologic diagnoses continue to reflect
traditional, I male-oriented norms, rather than objective criteria of mental health. (
Many other investigators have presented evidence that mental health definitions
Women, for example. are more likely to be referred for individual therapy than
men; men are more likely to be referred to a male therapist. There also is the
suggestion that male therapists choose more "feminine" therapeutic goals for
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