Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry

Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry

1st Edition - April 20, 2001

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  • Editor: Wen-Shing Tseng
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080525624

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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

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@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.
    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.
    Culture-Relevant Psychotherapy.
    Culture and Therapy with Special Subpopulations:
    Working with Children and Adolescents.
    Working with Couples and Spouses.
    Working with Families.
    Working with Aged Persons.
    Working with Medically Ill Patients.
    Social Phenomena and Therapeutic Considerations:
    Culture Change and Coping. Migration, Refuge, and Adjustment. Minorities by Ethnicity, Gender, and Others.
    Intercultural Marriage: Problems and Therapy.
    Religion, Pathology, and Therapy.
    Research, Theory, and Training:
    Cross-Cultural Research.
    Culture and Psychiatric Theories.
    Cultural Psychiatry Training.
    Appendix: Books Relating to Culture, Psychiatry, and Mental Health.
    Author Index.
    Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 855
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2001
  • Published: April 20, 2001
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080525624

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.

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