Chapter 4 - Culture and Psychosis in Clinical Practice

Abstract: The influence of culture is inextricably entwined with the experience and interpretation of psychotic symptoms. This chapter will orient clinicians to the wide array of issues at the intersection of culture, clinical practice, and psychosis, including how culture shapes the onset, meaning, course, and outcome of psychotic illness and influences systems of care; the challenges […]

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Cultural Consultation: A Model of Mental Health Service for Multicultural Societies

Objectives: This paper reports results from the evaluation of a cultural consultation service (CCS) for mental health practitioners and primary care clinicians. The service was designed to improve the delivery of mental health services in mainstream settings for a culturally diverse urban population including immigrants, refugees, and ethnocultural minority groups. Cultural consultations were based on […]

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Culture and Hallucinations: Overview and Future Directions

Abstract A number of studies have explored hallucinations as complex experiences involving interactions between psychological, biological, and environmental factors and mechanisms. Nevertheless, relatively little attention has focused on the role of culture in shaping hallucinations. This article reviews the published research, drawing on the expertise of both anthropologists and psychologists. We argue that the extant […]

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Abstract The authors apply two contemporary notions of culture to advance the conceptual basis of cultural competence in psychotherapy: Kleinman’s (1995) definition of culture as what is at stake in local, social worlds, and Mattingly and Lawlor’s (2001) concept of shared narratives between practitioners and patients. The authors examine these cultural constructs within a clinical case of an immigrant […]

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