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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Sex - role identification for the Hispanic American is thus much stricter than that of
the general population of the United States . However , many of these traditional
sex - role characteristics may also be found among the poor and the rural in our ...
Traditional sex roles have been framed in two codes : machismo and marianismo
. ... Rico , increased alternative means of support for women and high rates of
male unemployment may function to undermine this traditional role structure .
female traditional role is not as valued , and the life - styles of daughters are
incongruent with the traditional roles held by their mothers . If this interpretation is
correct , then it is not the adherence to traditional values per se that may
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