Personality Disorders and Culture: Clinical and Conceptual Interactions / Edition 1

Personality Disorders and Culture: Clinical and Conceptual Interactions / Edition 1

by Renato D. Alarcon, Edward F. Foulks, Mark Vakkur
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471149640

ISBN-13: 9780471149644

Pub. Date: 06/24/1998

Publisher: Wiley

What role do cultures play in the development of personality? Can behavior that is normative in one culture be mistaken for a personality disorder in another? Can an entire culture be said to suffer from a personality disorder? Personality Disorders and Culture explores these questions and many more. It reviews the worldwide literature on the subject and covers all

Overview

What role do cultures play in the development of personality? Can behavior that is normative in one culture be mistaken for a personality disorder in another? Can an entire culture be said to suffer from a personality disorder? Personality Disorders and Culture explores these questions and many more. It reviews the worldwide literature on the subject and covers all aspects of the links between culture and personality disorder. Stressing the importance of cultural awareness for mental health professionals in multicultural societies, this groundbreaking book sets forth a dimensional model of the ways in which a cultural perspective can inform our understanding of personality development and personality disorders. The authors assess the cultural foundations of the pathogenesis of these disorders and identify social and cultural practices that contribute to the development of personality styles. Interpreting concrete information on personality disorders, this book presents findings on the epidemiology of personality disorders in different clinical settings and evaluates them critically from the cultural perspective. It also analyzes cross-national comparisons and discusses cultural influences and their decisive role in the diagnosis and classification of personality disorders. Finally, Personality Disorders and Culture examines the role of culture in interpreting and explaining behaviors that resemble personality disorders but are, instead, normative to a given culture. It also reveals how culture can be used to devise effective therapeutic interventions at individual and group levels in a variety of settings and explains why cultural concepts and practices should be an integral component of and can have a powerful positive effect on the structure, delivery, and management of care systems for personality disorders. For clinicians, researchers, and anyone interested in understanding personality from a cultural perspective, Personality Disorders and Culture is an indispensable resource. It is also an excellent textbook for graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses in anthropology, psychology, sociology, diagnosis, and clinical treatment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471149644
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/24/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

General Concepts and Specific Definitions.

Historical Perspectives on Personality and Its Disorders.

Culture, Personality, and Cultural Relativism: Five Examples.

Personalities and Personality Disorders in World Politics.

Culture and the Epidemiology of Personality Disorders.

Culture in the Etiopathogenesis and Symptomatology of Personality Disorders.

Culture in the Diagnosis and Classification of Personality Disorders.

Culture and the Depathologization of Personality Disorders.

Cultural Aspects in the Treatment of Personality Disorders.

Culture in the Management of and Care Delivery Systems to Personality Disorders.

Epilogue.

References.

Indexes.

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