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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In view of these factors , and because of the widely held belief that Puerto Ricans
exhibit far greater levels of symptoms than other U . S . populations , the
expectation was that prevalence rates of mental disorders in the island would
5 . Middle - aged Chinese show a greater predilection to develop mental
disorders . In general , females have higher prevalence rates than males , except
for suicide , where males and older people predominate . 6 . Oldest sons and
Alcoholism Several studies in the United States and abroad have documented
the low rate of alcoholism among Chinese ( Cheng 1988 ; Chi et al . 1988 ; Hwu
et al . 1989 , 1990 ) . Prevalence rates for DSM - 111 - defined alcohol abuse in ...
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