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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The survey included a diagnostic instrument , the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (
DIS ; Robins et al . 1981 ) as well as specific questions on use of health services ,
presence of physical illness , use of psychotropic medications , social support ...
When syndromes are sorted by their constituent behaviors and experiences , it is
useful to have some general term for each taxon that is not bound to a specific
culture area and a specific cultural elaboration ( Simons 1985 ; Westermeyer
1982 ) ...
If there is a specific precipitant of a sudden decompensation in effective coping
strategies , then brief treatment may be indicated . Once a successful therapeutic
alliance has been established and therapeutic benefit has been attained , further
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