Increasingly, psychologists are becoming aware of sensitivity needs with respect to treating patients from differing cultures. Culture can play an important role both in what a patient discloses about themselves, how likely they are to follow a therapist's advice, and whether specific therapies are likely to be effective for them. Following on the heels of Tseng's "Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry" comes this "Clinical Application of Cultural Psychiatry." This more concise book focuses on information most relevant to treating patients. The book discusses how culture plays a role in specific disorders (depression, anxiety, eating and sexual disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, etc.). relevant sensitivities to keep in mind in treating specific patient populations (age groups, differing religions, and differing ethnicity's).

Key Features

* Written by a nationally and internationally recognized scholar, clinician, and author * Has the proper combination of knowledge, skill, and conceptual discussion for clinical practicalities * Provides comprehensive and systematic coverage of major topics for clinical application * Enhanced by more than 120 tables and figures and nearly 30 case illustrations * Will serve as a major textbook in the training of psychiatric residents and clinical psychologists


Clinicians in private and group practice.

Table of Contents

Preface. About the Author. Culture, Behavior, and Pathology. Culture, Stress, and Illness Reactions. Culture and Psychopathology: Specific Phenomena. Culture and Psychopathology: General Disorders. Culturally Competent Clinical Assessment. Culturally Competent Clinical Care. Culturally Competent Psychotherapy. Ethnicity, Culture, and Drug Therapy. Culture and Therapy with Special Subgroups. Culturally Oriented Care for Different Ethnic Groups. Some Social Phenomena and Therapeutic Considerations. Subject Index.


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About the editor

Wen-Shing Tseng

Wen-Shing Tseng, M.D. is a professor of psychiatry at University of Hawaii School of Medicine. He has served as chairman of Transcultural Psychiatric Section of World Psychiatric Association for two terms from 1983 to 1993, and presently is honorable advisor for the Section. As a consultant to the World Health Organization, he has traveled extensively to many countries in Asia and the Pacific. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture (USA), and guest professor of the Institute of Mental Health, Beijing University, China. Relating to the subject of culture and mental health, he has coordinated numerous international conferences in Honolulu, Beijing, Tokyo, and Budapest. He has edited or authored more than a dozen books, including Culture and Psychopathology and Culture and Psychotherapy.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, U.S.A.


"Clinician's Guide to Cultural Psychiatry is the most welcome tool yet... No author is better qualified to produce such a book than Wen-Shing Tseng, whose wealth of research knowledge and teaching experience produced the well-respected Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry... The book opens with an introduction to concepts of culture and definitions of related terms, which should be required reading for psychiatric residents and students of all clinical social sciences... These openings sections are as readable as any novel and replete with interesting and relevant examples and photos... the text is meticulously referenced in a most helpful format to encourage further reading on topics of interest. Case vignettes throughout keep the topics alive, as do the excellent illustrations. Clinician's Guide to Cultural Psychiatry will surely become a standard text for all psychiatric residency programs that are seeking to meet the cultural competency requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and should be an important addition to the library of every mental Health clinician." -PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES "Tseng's masterful book makes culture alive for the clinician through multiple case examples as well as significant basic information about the foundations of cultural psychiatry. It is a powerful tool for clinicians and psychiatric residents striving to achieve cultural competency in understanding and treating patients." —Armando Favazza, M.D. Professor and Associate Chair Department of Psychiatry University of Missouri-Columbia "For more than several decades, Wen-Shing Tseng has been one of the world's foremost educators and scholars in cultural psychiatry. The encyclopedia scope of his expertise in cultural psychiatry was well demonstrated in a textbook on this subject publ