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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There have been several attempts to have Western medicine and traditional
medicine collaborate, some successful and others unsuccessful. Attneave (1974)
described two types of Western health professionals who are unsuccessful in ...
Because the group process is influenced by cultural factors involving
communication styles, respect for authority, and traditional social relationships,
the most acceptable group activities are socialization experiences that
encourage traditional ...
Traditional sex roles have been framed in two codes: machismo and marianismo.
Culturally, machismo means that the male is responsible for the welfare and
honor of the family; he is the provider. Marianismo means that females are ...
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