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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Western medical practitioners may believe that "folk treatments" are totally
ineffective, in part because they see value only in medicine based on the
scientific method — a viewpoint that disapproves of even the majority culture's
Medicine men and women still rely on traditional conceptualizations of illness in
their diagnosis and treatment activities, but as we noted previously, little of their
beliefs and practices is known outside of their communities. Therefore, the ...
A medicine man presides over the ceremony, and individuals can participate only
by invitation. Sweats are held for purposes of cleansing, prayer, and healing.
Traditional Medicine Medicine as practiced by medicine men and women.
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