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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Homosexuality is only one part of an individual's identity, and, furthermore, only
one element of an individual's sexual identity. Shively and De Cecco (1977)
describe four components of sexual identity: biological sex, gender identity,
However, although there are frequent assertions that one or another condition is
more common in gay men or lesbians, the literature does not provide definitive
evidence relating incidence and prevalence of mental illness to sexual
There are good reasons for disclosing sexual orientation under some
circumstances. In the workplace, being open about sexual orientation can relieve
the stress of maintaining a veil of secrecy and deceit about one's personal life
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