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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Joe Yamamoto , a seasoned clinician and researcher , and his colleagues of
different ethnic backgrounds discuss important cultural context when conducting
psychotherapy with varied minority patients . Their chapter illustrates how
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American Psychiatric Association ( in press ) Singer BP : Racial Factors in
Forty percent of Americans diagnosed with AIDS are from ethnic minority groups (
Centers for Disease Control ( CDC ) 1990 ) . To emphasize the disparity of
proportionality , it is important to note that African Americans constitute less than
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