Description: This book, comprehensive in scope and meticulously organized and cogently presented, examines various aspects of cultural psychiatry. Included are cultural aspects of mental health, psychopathology, therapy, research, and theory.
Purpose: The author's goal is to present current information on cultural facts, theories, and research gathered from nationally and internationally known experts in the field in a culturally sensitive manner applicable to a world perspective. The systematic organization of the material in textbook format is unique to the field and a well needed addition.
Audience: Written for national and international scholars and clinicians who study or practice in the field of mental health, the book provides an expansive and conclusive array of information. Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatry residents and other students of mental health treating culturally diverse patients will find this book a helpful aid toward the understanding of cultural influences in assessment, treatment, practice and research.
Features: Organized like a textbook, the book includes several chapters that examine cultural aspects of human behavior, cultural influences on stress and illness behavior, and the impact of culture on psychopathology. Clinical assessment and culturally relevant therapeutic modalities, and the impact of culture on research and theories are also presented. A thorough appendix of relevant books and an interesting array of photographs and illustrated table are included.
Assessment: Well written, highly organized, and comprehensive, this book presents relevant, useful and timely information for clinicians, scholars, students, and researchers who work with culturally diverse populations and patients. Through an in-depth and integrated presentation of combined knowledge, facts, theories, and research on cultural psychiatry, the author provides a one-stop oasis for learning and developing a culturally sensitive dimension to assist in the understanding of the universal human individual, family and society.