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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Besides the stigma associated with mental illness , investigations suggest that
the differences in rates of utilization for Asians may be related to the following :
inappropriate therapeutic methods , clinicians ' inability to speak Asian
languages , a ...
Korean immigrants underutilize mental health services . The San Francisco Bay
area is home to at least 50 , 000 Koreans . The fact that only 65 Korean patients
came to the Korean mental health clinic during a 272 - year period indicates that
Mental Health Care Utilization of Puerto Ricans The mental health care utilization
patterns of island Puerto Ricans have also been reported as part of the
epidemiological study one of us conducted ( G . Canino et al . 1987b ) . Among
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