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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On the mainland and in certain sectors of Puerto Rico , increased alternative
means of support for women and high rates of male unemployment may function
to undermine this traditional role structure . In many families , the myth of the
In a recent report , McGrath and colleagues ( 1990 ) proposed that the higher rate
of depression in women is not the ... to a “ biopsychosocial ” combination of risk
factors that operate to women's detriment in the contemporary social setting .
Parenting and single parenthood are stressors that also appear to increase
women's vulnerability to mental illness ( McGrath et al . 1990 ) . Women who
belong to minority groups or who have problems of chemical dependency are at
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