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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Therefore, the engagement phase is a particularly crucial part of the therapeutic
process. The therapeutic relationship is largely a function of trust and faith in the
therapist and the therapeutic process. It requires time to develop. We need to find
The classical view has been that these values would not affect the process in the
consulting room, because the transference was the primary therapeutic tool and
the therapists real personality, traits, and values were less relevant. Recent work
ences, across cultural lines, certainly have strong implications for therapeutic
process and perhaps also for the outcome of treatment. Although there is a
substantial emerging literature in this area, there are some shortcomings in the
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