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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Problems of definition ( of abnormality and of “ legitimate ” traditional healing ) ; 2
. Problems of explanation ( for why certain techniques are used by medicine men
) ; 3 . Problems of credibility ( for both traditional and Western healers ) ; 4 .
Mental Health Needs As the above data indicate , a wide range of mental health
problems exist among Korean Americans : schizophrenia , manic episodes ,
major depression , suicide attempts , posttraumatic stress disorders ,
One might anticipate a higher prevalence of certain problems in a stigmatized
population ( e . g . , depression , suicide , and drug use ) . However , although
there are frequent assertions that one or another condition is more common in
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