Wen-Shing TSENG : « Handbook of Cultural Psychiatry »

Academic Press, 2001. 880 p.

Wen-Shing TSENG – University of Hawaii School, Honolulu, USA.

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.

This landmark text comprehensively and systematically describes and defines the newly emerging field of cultural psychiatry. The provision of culturally sensitive, relevant, and effective cure for patients of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds is extensively examined from clinical, research, and theoretical perspectives. The book has been written by a single author to maximize integrity and consistency. Thirty distinguished national and international scholars provided consultation to ensure broad and updated knowledge on each topic addressed. The Handbook begins with an introduction to the cultural dimensions of human behavior, stress and illness, then moves on to elaborate the impact of culture on psychopathology, clinical practice, and psychological therapies. It then examines unique social phenomena relevant to clinical work and ends with issues of research, theory and training. This is the first book of its kind to be written in textbook style for national and international readers and particularly for clinicians working in multiethnic societies.

This work represents the first comprehensive attempt to pull together the clinical, research and theoretical findings in a single volume. Nearly 2,000 articles from around the world are reviewed, and 100 photographs and approximately 130 tables and figures are included for illustrations.

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