Cultural diversity and mental health

Gopalkrishnan, Narayan, and Babacan, Hurriyet (2015) Cultural diversity and mental health. Australasian Psychiatry, 23 (Supplement 6). pp. 6-8.

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Objective: Cultural diversity and its impact on mental health has become an increasingly important issue in a globalised world where the interactions between cultures continue to grow exponentially. This paper presents critical areas in which culture impacts on mental health, such as how health and illness are perceived, coping styles, treatment-seeking patterns, impacts of history, racism, bias and stereotyping, gender, family, stigma and discrimination.

Conclusions: While cultural differences provide a number of challenges to mental health policy and practice they also provide a number of opportunities to work in unique and effective ways towards positive mental health. Ethno-specific approaches to mental health that incorporate traditional and community-based systems can provide new avenues for working with culturally diverse populations.

Item ID: 42500
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1440-1665
Keywords: cultural diversity, mental health, culture, racism, stigma
Copyright Information: © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2015.
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2016 04:33
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920503 Health Related to Specific Ethnic Groups @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
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