Culture and Mental Health: Sociocultural Influences, Theory, and Practice / Edition 1

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405169837
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sussie Eshun is a licensed psychologist and Professor ofPsychology at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Inaddition to clinical practice, she has several publications on therole of culture in suicide, depression, and stress. She hasdeveloped and taught several courses on culture, adjustment, andhuman development, and is a strong advocate for including empiricalresearch on cultural diversity in the curriculum. She currentlyserves as Chair for the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversityat her campus and has been actively involved in workshops andseminars with the Office of Diversity at the Pennsylvania StateSystem of Higher Education's (PASSHE) chancellor's office. She hasbeen awarded several diversity grants for mentoring ethnic minorityhigh school students and also for recruitment and retention ofdiverse faculty.

Regan A. R. Gurung is Chair of the Human Developmentdepartment and Professor of Human Development and Psychology at theUniversity of Wisconsin, Green Bay. He is also Co-Director of theUniversity of Wisconsin Green Bay Teaching Scholars Program, hasbeen a UWGB Teaching Fellow, a UW System Teaching Scholar, and iswinner of the Founder's Award for Excellence in Teaching and theFounder's Award for Excellence in Scholarship, as well as UWTeaching-at-its-Best, Creative Teaching, and Featured FacultyAwards. He is the author of two other books: Health Psychology:A Cultural Approach (2e, 2010) and Optimizing Teaching andLearning: Catalyzing Pedagogical Research (with Beth Schwartz),and is co-editor of two other books: Getting Culture? BestPractices for Incorporating Culture into the Curriculum (withLoreto Prieto), and Practicing our Signatures: TeachingDisciplinary Habits of Mind (with Nancy Chick and AeronHaynie).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables.

Notes on Editors and Contributors.




Part I. General Issues in Culture and MentalHealth .

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 (EastStroudsburg University of Pennsylvania).

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

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

6. Placing the Soul Back into Psychology: Religion in thePsychotherapy 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 ofMississippi), and Michael J. Hirschel (University ofMississippi).

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 PsychologicalDisorders.

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

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

11. Cultural Factors in Traumatic Stress: Peter D. Yeomans (SanFrancisco 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 (SaintLouis University), Jillon S. Vander Wal (Saint Louis University),and Judith L. Gibbons (Saint Louis University).

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

Author Index.

Subject Index

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