Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Mental Health Care for People of Diverse Backgrounds

Academic journal article The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health

Mental Health Care for People of Diverse Backgrounds

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Mental health care for people of diverse backgrounds Edited by J Buckner, Y Castro, J Holm-Denoma and T Joiner. Published by Radcliffe Publishing, Oxford, 2007. Paperback 176pp. Price £ 21.95. ISBN 184619 094 0

Diversity is defined, by the American Psychological Association, as the dimensions of race, ethnicity, language, culture, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, class status, education and religious or spiritual orientation. This book is about American patients with mental health problems and the authors of the various chapters are all psychologists belonging to the Department of Psychology, Florida State University. The message is that mental health care needs vary considerably in different groups of people, but many health care professionals have a poor understanding of exactly how.

This book gives practical information on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos and religiously diverse patients. In addition, the chapters on children and families from diverse backgrounds and on developmental disorders accompanied by mental illness complete the picture. One chapter is devoted to lesbian, gay and bisexual psychiatric patients. The text is concise, authentic, easy to read and supported by references. …

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