In the 1980s, transcultural psychiatry was a developing field which was commanding increasing attention for three major reasons. First, many societies were becoming more and more multicultural, and therefore professional health workers needed to be aware of the needs and background of ethnic groups, as well as to be familiar with their own cultural assumptions. Secondly, the study of psychiatric illness across cultures can illuminate features of such an illness in our own society. Thirdly, the way in which racism may initiate or sustain psychiatric disorder had become a topic essential to a present-day understanding of transcultural psychiatry.

Originally published in 1986, this book provides a review of many such aspects of transcultural psychiatry. It is written at a level suitable for mental health professionals, including trainee psychiatrists, but would also interest students and other qualified staff, including psychologists, nurses, social workers and other professional workers concerned with race relations and the provision of psychiatric services for ethnic groups.

chapter 1|6 pages


ByJohn L. Cox

chapter 2|16 pages

The Historical Development of Transcultural Psychiatry

ByH.B.M. Murphy

chapter 3|14 pages

The Epidemiology of Mental Illness Across Cultures

ByJulian Leff

chapter 5|17 pages

Migration and Mental Illness

ByPhilip H. Rack

chapter 6|11 pages

Overseas Students and Expatriates: Sojourners or Settlers?

ByJohn L. Cox

chapter 7|20 pages

Psychiatric Services for Ethnic Minority Groups

ByJohn Bavington, Abdul Majid

chapter 8|32 pages

Depression in Ethnic Minorities

BySuman Fernando

chapter 9|19 pages

Racism, Prejudice and Mental Illness

ByAggrey W. Burke

chapter 10|21 pages

Ideology and Politics in Transcultural Psychiatry

ByS. P. Sashidharan

chapter 11|17 pages

The Mental Health Impact of British I Cultural Traditions

ByH.B.M. Murphy

chapter 12|22 pages

Transcultural Social Work

ByJohn Triseliotis

chapter 13|16 pages

Culture and Psychiatric Nursing: Implications for Training

ByBryn D. Davis

chapter 14|19 pages

Family Therapy Across Cultures

ByAnnie Lau

chapter 16|17 pages

Chinese Psychiatry: Development and Characteristics

ByWen-Shing Tseng

chapter 17|15 pages

Indian and Western Psychiatry: A Comparison

ByA. Venkoba Rao

chapter 18|16 pages

African and Western Psychiatry: A Comparison

ByT. Asuni