Transcultural Psychiatry

Croom Helm, Sydney, 1986

Edited by John L. Cox

John L. Cox is Professor of psychiatry at the University of Keele, and formely senior Lecturer in Psychiatry in University of Edinburgh.

Transcultural psychiatry is a developing field which is commanding increasing attention for three major reasons. First, many societies are becoming more and more multicultural, and therefore professional health workers need to be aware of the needs and background of ethnic groups, as well as to be familiar with their own cultural assumptions. Secondly, the study of psychiatric illness across cultures can illuminate features of such illness in our own society. Thirdly, the way in which racism may initiate or sustain psychiatric disorder has become a topic essential to a present-day understanding of transcultural psychiatry.

This book provides a review of many such aspects of transcultural psychiatry. It is written at a level suitable for mental health professionals, including trainee psychiatrists, but is also of interest to students and other qualified staff, including psychologists, nurses, social workers and other professional workers concerned with race relations and the provision of psychiatric services for ethnic groups.


List of Contributors

  • 1. Introduction John L. Cox . 1

  • 2. The Historical Development of Transcultural Psychiatry H.B.M. Murphy . 7

  • 3. The Epidemiology of Mental Illness across Cultures Julian Leff . 23

  • 4. Russian Dolls and Chinese Boxes : An Anthropological Approach to the Implicit Models of Comparative Psychiatry Roland Littlewood . 37

  • 5. Migration and Mental Illness Philip H. Rack . 59

  • 6. Overseas Students and Expatriates : Sojourners or Settlers ? John L. Cox . 76

  • 7. Psychiatric Services for Ethnic Minority Groups John Bavington and Abdul Majid . 87

  • 8. Depression in Ethnic Minorities Suman Fernando . 107

  • 9. Racism, Prejudice and Mental Illness Aggrey W. Burke . 139

  • 10. Ideology and Politics in Transcultural Psychiatry S.P. Sashidharan . 158

  • 11. The Mental Health Impact of British Cultural Traditions H.B.M. Murphy . 179

  • 12. Transcultural Social Work John Triseliotis . 196

  • 13. Culture and Psychiatric Nursing : Implications for Training Bryn D. Davis . 218

  • 14. Family Therapy Across Cultures Annie Lau . 234

  • 15. The ‘Culture-bound Syndromes’ of the Dominant Culture : Culture, Psychopathology and Biomedicine Roland Littlewood and Maurice Lipsedge . 253

  • 16. Chinese Psychiatry : Development and Characteristics Wen-Shing Tseng . 274

  • 17. Indian and Western Psychiatry : A Comparison A. Venkoba Rao . 291

  • 18. African and Western Psychiatry : A Comparison T. Asuni . 306

  • Index . 322
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