Ethnic Psychiatry

  • Charles B. Wilkinson

Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Charles B. Wilkinson
    Pages 1-12
  3. Charles B. Wilkinson, Jeanne Spurlock
    Pages 13-60
  4. Cervando Martinez Jr
    Pages 61-88
  5. R. Dale Walker, Robin LaDue
    Pages 143-194
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 195-199

About this book

Introduction

Today there is an overall greater awareness and acceptance of ethnic diversity in American society and a clearer definition of the United States as a pluralistic nation. The last U.S. census showed that well over 100 million Americans, white and non­ white, identify with an ethnic group. Ethnicity is indicative of more than the personal distinc­ tiveness derived from race, religion, national origin, or ge­ ography. It denotes the culture of people-that powerful yet subtle factor that shapes values, attitudes, perceptions, needs, modes of expression, patterns of behavior, and identity. From a clinical perspective ethnicity involves conscious and uncon­ scious processes that fulfill deep psychological needs for se­ curity, a sense of one's own proper dignity, and a sense of historical continuity as well. These functional aspects of eth­ nicity reinforce the notion that culture is of significant value to the quality of life and the mental health of all individuals. In the preventive and therapeutic sense, ethnicity sustains a capacity for coping with stress by providing communal support systems which serve to buffer the excessive indi­ vidualism, alienation, and anomie of modem mass culture. Hence, to ensure appropriate delivery of mental health ser­ vices to a particular ethnic population, mental health profes­ sionals must first become cognizant of the positive aspects vii FOREWORD viii and strengths to be drawn from a particular group identity and then incorporate these elements into their treatment strat­ egies or techniques.

Keywords

coping diagnosis identity psychiatry quality of life rehabilitation stress therapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Charles B. Wilkinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Greater Kansas City Mental Health Foundation and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of HealthKansas CityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-2219-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-9302-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-2219-1
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