Topics in Social Psychiatry

Social Psychiatry across Cultures

Studies from North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa

Editors: Price, Rumi Kato, Shea, Brent Mack, Mookherjee, Harsa N. (Eds.)

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The World Health Organization's concept of health as "the condition of psychophysical and social well-being" must be translated into opera­ tional terms. The objective is to place the human person within the social system, given that mental health, mental illness, and suffering are individual, despite the fact that their causes are to be sought in the society and environment that surround and interact with the indi­ vidual. One dimension that must be emphasized in this field is the contin­ uum that exists between social environment and cerebral development. This continuum consists of the physical and biological features of the two interacting systems: on one hand, the brain managed and con­ trolled by the genetic program, and, on the other hand, the environ­ ment, be it natural or social. A simple dichotomy of individual and environment is no longer a sufficient concept in understanding the etiology of mental health and illness. Needless to say, socioepidemiological research in psychiatry and transcultural psychiatry is useful in reaching these ends. However, at the root of mental illness, one can always find the same causal elements: informational chaos, inadequate dietary intake, substance abuse, trauma, conditioning, and so on, which make the interactive systems dysfunctional. Subsequent organic and psychotic disorders occur to the detriment of both the individual and society. Current biological psychiatry is inadequately equipped in treating mental illness.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Price, Rumi Kato (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Mentally Disturbed Patients in Nigeria

    Odebiyi, A. I. (et al.)

    Pages 25-38

  • Alcoholism in the Czech and Slovak Republics in the Last 30 Years

    Bútora, Martin

    Pages 39-50

  • Psychoemotional Responses to the Existing Social Systems in Tribal Populations in India

    Mookherjee, Harsha N. (et al.)

    Pages 51-59

  • The Amish Life-Style in an Era of Rapid Social Change

    Savells, Jerry

    Pages 61-72

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Psychiatry across Cultures
Book Subtitle
Studies from North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa
Editors
  • Rumi Kato Price
  • Brent Mack Shea
  • Harsa N. Mookherjee
Series Title
Topics in Social Psychiatry
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4899-0632-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4899-0632-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-44971-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-0634-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 226
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