Asian American Mental Health: Assessment Theories and by Karen S. Kurasaki, Sumie Okazaki (auth.), Karen S. Kurasaki,

By Karen S. Kurasaki, Sumie Okazaki (auth.), Karen S. Kurasaki, Sumie Okazaki, Stanley Sue (eds.)

Asian American psychological Health is a state of the art compendium of the conceptual concerns, empirical literature, methodological techniques, and perform directions for undertaking culturally educated tests of Asian american citizens, and for assessing supplier cultural competency inside members and structures. it's the first of its style on Asian americans. This quantity attracts upon the services of the various best specialists in Asian American and multicultural psychological overall healthiness to supply a miles wanted source for college students and execs in quite a lot of disciplines together with medical psychology, scientific anthropology, psychiatry, cross-cultural psychology, multicultural counseling, ethnic minority psychology, sociology, social paintings, counselor schooling, counseling psychology, and more.

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A notable example is found in emotional words or symptoms for depression that were found to be clustered differently and with varied complexity or not amenable to clustering in eight countries (Brandt & Boucher, 1986). The requirements for a depression cluster were met in the United States, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Indonesia but not in Australia, Korea, Puerto Rico and Malaysia. These latter countries had depression-type words clustering into a sadness concept. In the United States, sadness was a primary ingredient of depression with anxiety, alienation, and shame- EXAMINING THE USEFULNESS OF DSM-IV 35 guilt only marginally related.

Specific research may also help to identify the specific sociocultural traits that seem to protect certain Asian American groups from the psychological consequences of stress. Lastly, as Guarnaccia and Rogier (1999) argue, culture-bound syndromes need to be investigated and understood on their own terms, as well as in relation to other psychiatric disorders. Particularly relevant for Asian Americans are the disorders koro, latah, hwa-byung, shin-byung, neurasthenia (shenjing shuairuo), shenkui, shink-bu, and taijin kyofusho, among others.

For example, in a Chinese primary care study of somatization, Chang (2000) discovered that the Chinese physicians were extremely reluctant to probe for sexual dysfunction in unmarried individuals, claiming that to do so would imply that the patients had had pre-marital sex and cause them to lose face. Good (1993) argues that in certain cultural contexts, where questioning and revelation about the self may be restricted, structured interviews may have limited validity. In addition, variations in the cultural norms surrounding modes of communication may also affect the validity of diagnostic judgments (D.

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