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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dropping - out from treatment and inadvertently characterize the black patient as
inarticulate , incompetent , and unsophisticated . All of those suggestions may
simply express the therapist's wish not to be close to the black patient and may ...
Clinical Treatment Issues The treatment of mental disorders is too extensive an
area to cover in detail here . General issues surrounding treatment of Indians are
discussed , as well as the use of specific treatment modalities with Indian people .
Albert Gaw. Specific Treatment Modalities There are few research studies on the
use of specific treatment modalities in Indian people , but at least two authors
reviewed literature on treatment of Indians ( Manson et al . 1987 ; Neligh 1988b )
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