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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I suggest that anyone can build upon personal background , the happenstances
of foreign travel and / or research ... rather than simply impose on the patient a
predefined assessment of problems as suggested by a diagnostic manual or text
For this and other reasons , some authors ( Prince and Tcheng - Laroche 1987 ;
Simons 1985 ) have suggested that it is most useful to define each culture -
bound syndrome in terms of the behaviors of which it is constituted , independent
One research group also suggested the need for simultaneous treatment and
follow - up of the entire drinking network ( Silk - Walker et al . 1988 ) . Community
commitment to abstinence among its members is also an important factor ( Alhali
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