Culture and Mental Health. Sociocultural Influences, Theory, and Practice

  • ID: 2248809
  • January 2009
  • 368 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Culture and Mental Health takes a critical look at the research pertaining to common psychological disorders, examining how mental health can be studied from and vary according to different cultural perspectives.
- Introduces students to the main topics and issues in the area of mental health using culture as the focus
- Emphasizes issues that pertain to conceptualization, perception, health-seeking behaviors, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment in the context of cultural variations
- Reviews and actively encourages the reader to consider issues related to reliability, validity and standardization of commonly used psychological assessment instruments among different cultural groups
- Highlights the widely used DSM-IV-TR categorization of culture-bound syndromes

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List of Figures and Tables.

Notes on Editors and Contributors.




Part I. General Issues in Culture and Mental Health .

1. Introduction to Culture and Psychopathology: Sussie Eshun (East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania) and Regan A. R. Gurung (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay).

2. Culture and Mental Health Assessment: Bonnie A. Green (East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania).

3. Stress and Mental Health: Regan A. R. Gurung (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay) and Angela Roethel-Wendorf (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

4. Managing Job Stress: Cross-Cultural Variations in Adjustment: Joseph P. Eshun, Jr. (East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania) and Kevin J. Kelley (Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh Valley).

5. Chronic Pain: Cultural Sensitivity to Pain: Jyh-Hann Chang (East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania).

6. Placing the Soul Back into Psychology: Religion in the Psychotherapy Process: Paul E. Priester (North Park University), Shiva Khalili (Tehran University), and Jose E. Luvathingal (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

7. Psychotherapy in a Culturally Diverse World: Laura R. Johnson (University of Mississippi), Gilberte Bastien (University of Mississippi), and Michael J. Hirschel (University of Mississippi).

8. International Perspectives on Culture and Mental Health: P. S. D. V. Prasadarao (University of Waikato, Hamilton, NZ)
Part II. Cross-Cultural Issues in Specific Psychological Disorders.

9. Culture and Mood Disorders: Sussie Eshun (East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania) and Toy Caldwell-Colbert (formerly Central State University).

10. Culture and Anxiety Disorders: Simon A. Rego (Albert Einstein College of Medicine).

11. Cultural Factors in Traumatic Stress: Peter D. Yeomans (San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center) and Evan M. Forman (Drexel University).

12. Culture and Psychotic Disorders: Kristin M. Vespia (University of Wisconsin, Green Bay).

13. Culture and Eating Disorders: Megan A. Markey Hood (Saint Louis University), Jillon S. Vander Wal (Saint Louis University), and Judith L. Gibbons (Saint Louis University).

14. Culture and Suicide: David Lester (The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ).

Author Index.

Subject Index

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"Overall, this book is well worth taking out from a local library." (Mental Health Practice, 1 November 2011)

"Culture and Mental Health is an extremely thought-provoking collection of commentaries containing a wealth of information within which all readers are bound to find something both new and informative to them in their practice....." (CNWL NHS Foundation Trust, November 2010)"This title is useful both in the library and in the classroom." (CHOICE, September 2009)

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