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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Several factors may account for patients ' presenting with physical symptoms of
emotional disorders . Some cultures may not endorse seeking help for mental or
emotional problems but may judge somatic problems socially acceptable .
Somatization among Chinese American patients ( expression of psychologic
disturbance through bodily symptoms ) is prominent . Somatization and
Depression A number of investigators have reported the prevalence of
somatization symptom ...
He has stated that it is possible that Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico report more
symptoms than other ethnic groups and , therefore , score high on dimensional
measures of psychopathology , but they actually have rates of mental disorders ...
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