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Culture & mental illness: A client-centered approach

Author: Castillo,-Richard-J.
Author Background:
Date 1/1/97
Type Book
Journal Title:
Volume/Pages Pacific Grove, CA, USA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co. (1997). xvii, 339 pp.
Subject Matter Interpersonal and Social Intervention
Abstract (from the preface) Sociocultural forces play a significant role in the etiology, structure, and treatment of mental disorders. With the publication of the Mental Disorders-IV (DSM-IV) and its emphasis on cultural information, the biomedical paradigm can no longer be recognized as a sufficient explanation for mental illness, nor as an adequate theoretical basis for treatment. This book presents a client-centered model of assessment and diagnosis based on a holistic paradigm that integrates known biological, psychological, social, and cultural factors. Cross-cultural studies and their implications for the assessment and diagnosis of mental illness provide the basis for understanding this new direction in clinical practice. /// This book is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in anthropology, psychology, psychiatry, nursing, and social work programs. It can be used as a primary text in courses on culture and mental illness or as a supplementary text in abnormal psychology courses. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)