Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780127016320
eBook ISBN: 9780080525624
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd May 2001
Page Count: 855
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Cultural psychiatry is primarily concerned with the transcultural aspects of mental health related to human behavior, psychopathology and treatment. At a clinical level, cultural psychiatry aims to promote culturally relevant mental health care for patients of diverse ethnic or cultural backgrounds. From the standpoint of research, cultural psychiatry is interested in studying how ethnic or cultural factors may influence human behavior and psychopathology as well as the art of healing. On a theoretical level, cultural psychiatry aims to expand the knowledge and theories about mental health-related human behavior and mental problems by widening the sources of information and findings transculturally, and providing cross-cultural validation. This work represents the first comprehensive attempt to pull together the clinical, research and theoretical findings in a single volume.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Written by a nationally and internationally well-known author and scholar

  • The material focuses not only on the United States but also on various cultural settings around the world so that the subject matter can be examined broadly from universal as well as cross-cultural perspectives
  • Proper combination of clinical practicalities and conceptual discussion
  • Serves as a major source for use in the training of psychiatric residents and mental health personnel as well as students of behavior science in the areas of culture and mental health
  • A total of 50 chapters with detailed cross-referencing
  • Nearly 2000 references plus an appendix of almost 400 books
  • 130 tables and figures


Psychiatrists, cross-cultural psychologists, clinical psychologists, social and community psychiatrists

Table of Contents

Introduction: Cultural Psychiatry: Object and Scope.

Culture and Human Behavior: Culture and Society. Child Development and Enculturation. Personality and Depth Psychology. Psychology, Customary Behavior, and Ethnic Identity. Marriage and the Family. Late Adult Life: Aging and Death.

Culture, Stress, and Illness: Stress and Coping Patterns. Mental Illness: Explanation and Grouping. Illness Behavior: Reaction and Help-Seeking. Therapist and Patient: Relations and Communication.

Culture and Psychopathology: Culture and Psychopathology: Overview. Culture and Psychiatric Epidemiology. Culture-Related Specific Syndromes. Epidemic Mental Disorders. Anxiety Disorders. Somatoform Disorders--including Neurasthenia. Dissociation, Possession, and Hysteria. Disorders of Depression. Schizophrenia. Alcohol-Related Problems. Other Substance Abuse. Suicide Behavior. Eating Disorders. Personality Disorders. Childhood-Related Disorders.

Culture and Clinical Practice: Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis. Classification of Disorders. Psychological Testing and Measurement. Culture and Psychiatric Service. Culture, Ethnicity, and Drug Therapy.

Culture and Psychological Therapy: Culture-Embedded Indigenous Healing Practices. Culture-Influenced Unique Psychotherapy. Culture-Related Common Psychotherapy. Psychotherapeutic Practices in Various Cultures. Intercultural Psychotherapy.<B


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"...this is a gem of a book, a rich source of data, a catalog of needs and problems to solve, and a call for more work... this book is one of encyclopedic proportions. At times a big, solid catalog of topics, at times a rich source of an unusually unique knowledge, it is always imbued with a genuinely compassionate sense for the suffering of many. If only for its wealth of data from so many countries and cultures, it is an exceptional contribution to the literature... The fact that the Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry is with us (and will be for years to come, with desirable new editions) is reason enough for the enjoyment of learning so much from it." --AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY "...this volume stands alone as the encyclopedic knowledge repository for the relatively young field of cross-cultural psychiatry... The Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry covers the broad spectrum of issues related to cross-cultural mental health. To effectively do so, it first lays out for the reader a balanced perspective of the multiple sister disciplines that inform and make up for that hybrid that is, by definition, cross-cultural psychiatry. The history and scope of the field, and the complex interplay among sociology, anthropology, and the various mental health subfields that are at its core are presented in a concise, engaging, and generally not highly technical language. The single voice that the author provides throughout the text is a welcome change to the stylistic Babel that so characteristically pervades most books of comparable girth... it is patently evident what a valiant effort this book represents... It will be hard to top what the Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry has already done for this mixed breed field..." —CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY "The Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry is probably the first great textbook of cultural psychiatry. Written single-handedly b