Global Mental Health Issues: Culture and Psychopathology

Judith Bass, William W Eaton, Sharon Abramowitz, Norman Sartorius

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Abstract

This chapter begins with a definition of culture that is useful in exploring the issue of global mental health, followed by a delineation of approaches to clarify the interrelationship of culture and mental health. The chapter then examines current knowledge of mental disorders in low-resource contexts using approaches from anthropology (the culture-bound approach) and epidemiology (the cross-cultural or transnational approach). This is followed by discussion of both social behaviors and functionality, issues associated with mental health that are affected by the culture in which a person lives. What follows is an exploration of risk and resiliency factors, including an examination of the difficulty inherent in differentiating between culture-specific vulnerabilities and vulnerabilities associated more generally with the effects of poverty in a low-resource environment. Finally, the chapter delineates how culture and context can influence the selection and adaptation of behavioral interventions and treatments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPublic Mental Health
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199950416, 9780195390445
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 20 2012

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Psychopathology
Mental Health
Anthropology
Social Behavior
Poverty
Mental Disorders
Epidemiology
Global Health

Keywords

  • Behavioral intervention
  • Culture
  • Mental disorders
  • Mental health
  • Poverty
  • Social behaviors
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Bass, J., Eaton, W. W., Abramowitz, S., & Sartorius, N. (2012). Global Mental Health Issues: Culture and Psychopathology. In Public Mental Health Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.003.0003

Global Mental Health Issues : Culture and Psychopathology. / Bass, Judith; Eaton, William W; Abramowitz, Sharon; Sartorius, Norman.

Public Mental Health. Oxford University Press, 2012.

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Bass, J, Eaton, WW, Abramowitz, S & Sartorius, N 2012, Global Mental Health Issues: Culture and Psychopathology. in Public Mental Health. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.003.0003
Bass J, Eaton WW, Abramowitz S, Sartorius N. Global Mental Health Issues: Culture and Psychopathology. In Public Mental Health. Oxford University Press. 2012 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390445.003.0003
Bass, Judith ; Eaton, William W ; Abramowitz, Sharon ; Sartorius, Norman. / Global Mental Health Issues : Culture and Psychopathology. Public Mental Health. Oxford University Press, 2012.
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