Edited by: Sven Barnow, Nazli Balkir
Improving mental health care through culturally sensitive research and practice
Culturally sensitive practice is a vital component of effective mental health care in our increasingly diverse societies: Mental illnesses vary in prevalence between cultural and ethnic groups, as do the meanings attached to them and people's responses to them.
The important implications of this interplay between culture and psychopathology for diagnosis and treatment are scrutinized and elucidated in this comprehensive and well-organized book, which uniquely looks at a range of practical examples involving various ethnic minority populations in North America and Europe. Leading experts from around the world have integrated divergent topics into a systematic and clinically relevant volume.
Cultural Variations in Psychopathology: From Research to Practice is an important resource for researchers and in particular for any mental health professional who works with ethnically diverse communities.
"[This book] is a must have for any researcher, clinician, student or therapist working with ethnically diverse populations or with an interest in the way cultural differences can affect their practice and study. ... Touching upon everything from research, the DSM, specific disorders, psychotherapy, and treatment plans, this book provides a wide array of information contributing to an increasing push towards "cultural competence" within all fields of psychology."
Jazmine Russell, New York University, in the International Journal of Psychotherapy, 2013
"This is a remarkable book, indispensable for those willing to understand mental health in a broad and global way – which is mandatory in our time of mobility and migration. The world may be getting smaller, but deeper layers of it unravel every day – and this book is here to prove it."
Julio Xerfan, Institute of Psychiatry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Vol. 59, 2013
"There is probably no topic more significant for our time than understanding psychopathology from a cultural perspective. ... The strength of [this book] is its presentation of a variety of viewpoints, bringing attention to the need for a better understanding of the multiple influences on psychopathology."
Dr. Paul Leung, Professor at the University of North Texas and practicing rehabilitation psychologist, in PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 58, 2013
"Not only experts will find much of value in this book, also novices will benefit from reading it. The important implications of the interplay between culture and psychopatholog for diagnosis and treatment are scrutinised and elucidate 1n a comprehensive and well-organised way. This book will surely help in our strive to providing better clinical care to our patients regardless, of their ethnicities, background and culture."
Dr. Giovanni Timmermans, at http://dcp.bps.org.uk/dcp/dcp-publications/clinical-psychology-forum/book-reviews/book-reviews_home.cfm
"This is a book every cultural psychiatrist should read. It covers almost the complete field ofcultural psychiatry [...] All chapters are well documented and well written [...]."
Hans Rohlof, M.D., Psychiatrist, Chair Section Transcultural Psychiatry - World Psychiatric Association, in the Section Newsletter, Vol. 7, December 2012
Praise for the book:
"This volume represents a highly thoughtful and significant contribution to the field of cross-cultural psychopathology. It consists of a rich and varied exploration of the complex interactions between migration, culture, and psychopathology by leading scholars. The excellent coverage of topics ranges from emotion regulation to neuroscience, from diagnosis to mental health policy. Both novices and experts will find much of value within its pages."
Frederick T. L. Leong, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry,Director of the MSU Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research,Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
From the Foreword:
"This book is a welcome addition to the ever-expanding field of our understanding of cultural variations. The reader will find stimulating topics that deserve further discussion and debate as we continue to strive towards providing better clinical care to our patients, irrespective of their ethnicities and cultures."
Dinesh Bhugra CBE, FRCP, FRCPsych, PhD, Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, Immediate Past President, Royal College of Psychiatrists