Culture and mental health

Allen, S ORCID: and Sharples, N 2018, 'Culture and mental health' , in: Cultural Awareness in Nursing & Health Care : an introductory text (3rd edition) , Routledge, New York, pp. 165-190.

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This chapter focuses on the following issues: concepts of normality and abnormality, transcultural psychiatry; culture-bound syndromes; cultural competency skills for mental health practitioners; culture in care and treatment; intercultural communication; working with interpreters in mental health settings; and racism and intercultural communication. It includes a case study to explore the skills that are necessary for caring for a person from another culture who has mental health problems. The concept of normality is based on a shared set of beliefs and values that dictate certain codes of behaviour. The discipline of psychiatry developed in parallel with European colonialism and the seventeenth and eighteenth century transatlantic slave trade, when myths about race and ethnicity were common throughout European society. In mental health care, most attention has focused on the elevated rates of schizophrenia diagnosed in Caribbean populations. Intercultural communication must be undertaken with the understanding that the rules that govern languages change between languages.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Holland, K
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781482245578 (paperback); 9781138627192 (hardback); 9781315381992 (ebook)
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Depositing User: Dr Shelly Allen
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2021 08:59
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:51

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