Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry

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Wen-Shing Tseng
Academic Press, Jun 6, 2001 - Psychology - 855 pages
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
* 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

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Tseng (psychiatry, Univ. of Hawaii Sch. of Medicine) rather redundantly defines "cultural psychiatry" as "a special field of psychiatry...primarily concerned with the cultural aspects of human ... Read full review


Culture and Human Behavior
Culture and Mental Health
Culture and Psychopathology
Culture and Clinical Practice
Culture and Psychological Therapy
Culture and Therapy with Special Subpopulations
Social Phenomena and Therapeutic Considerations
Research Theory and Training
List of Books Relating to the Subject of Culture Psychiatry and Mental Health
Author Index
Subject Index

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Page 23 - ... Culture consists of patterns, explicit and implicit, of and for behavior acquired and transmitted by symbols, constituting the distinctive achievement of human groups, including their embodiments in artifacts; the essential core of culture consists of traditional (ie, historically derived and selected) ideas and especially their attached values; culture systems may, on the one hand, be considered as products of action, on the other as conditioning elements of further action.
Page 23 - culture, or civilization ... is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, law, morals, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society.
Page 28 - An ethnic group is a self-perceived group of people who hold in common a set of traditions not shared by others with whom they are in contact.

About the author (2001)

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.

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