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Clio Chintis March 29, 2007 ENG3050 Resistance to Cross-Cultural Psychosocial Efforts in Disaster and Trauma: Recommendations for Ethnomedical Competence Shah, Siddharth Ashvin. “Resistance to Cross-Cultural Psychosocial Efforts in Disaster and Trauma: Recommendations for Ethnomedical Competence” The Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. ISSN: 1174-4707 Volume: 2006-2, 2006 Resistance to cross-cultural health responses (trauma relief) delivered by international relief agencies hinders international agencies to provide aid in cases of natural disaster, war, and displacement. International and native relief efforts overlook culturally embedded treatments and instead implement the spread of Western therapies. In the absence of enthomedical competence, “the capacity of individuals and organizations to discern, utilize, and preserve culturally embedded self-concepts and effective healing practices”, from Western relief agencies, natural coping resources will
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Unformatted text preview: be underutilized. When indigenous customs are ignored, resistance and protests occur. Direct resistance against international responses demonstrates that Western therapies are ineffective and may compound mental health problems. Cultural competence is not complete enough to address trans-cultural and trans-national problems and improve the capacity of individuals and organizations. It is important and beneficial for organizations to have guidelines that are used to facilitate enthnomedically competent practices and also to invite additional guidelines to enhance the work of experts. International relief agencies that are working both cross-culturally and cross-nationally should implement culturally embedded treatments that are more effective, more cost efficient, and less disruptive to the people that traditional Western therapies in order to produce the best results. The treatments may not be traditional, but they are what works....
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