April 22, 1983

Cross-cultural Psychiatry

Author Affiliations

University of Hawaii Medical School Honolulu


edited by Albert Gaw, 366 pp, with illus, $35, Littleton, Mass, John Wright-PSG, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;249(16):2239. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330400083038

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This book is the report of a workshop held in 1979, funded by the National Institute for Mental Health Center for Minority Groups Mental Health Program to encourage the inclusion of cultural psychiatry in professional mental health training programs.

To address the objective, psychiatrists representing four minority groups in the United States—Asian, Hispanic, Native American, and Afro-American—were asked to examine cultural issues that may influence the process of provision of mental health care for each minority group. From their own clinical and personal experience and literature reviews, psychiatric clinicians of various ethnic groups, with their considerably differing styles, describe cultural roots, historical background, migration and acculturation experiences, mental health needs, cultural aspects of psychiatric manifestations, and suggestions for mental health care for each of the minority groups.

In the final section, a relevant generic issue in cultural psychiatry was addressed with much insight by an expert trained in both psychiatry

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