Asian+American+Psychology+Week+5+Psychopathology+and+Cul+comp+services

Asian+American+Psychology+Week+5+Psychopathology+and+Cul+comp+services

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Unformatted text preview: 1 Psychopathology and Psychopathology and Culturally Competent Mental Culturally Competent Mental Health Services Health Services Yuli Liu, Ph.D. What is Psychopathology What is Psychopathology z Study of mental disorders / mental illness z May be caused by physiological problems (biochemical imbalance) and/or natural responses to stressful life situations and experiences (discrimination, transition, trauma, etc.) Unique Factors Contributing to Unique Factors Contributing to API Mental Health API Mental Health z Anti-Asian sentiments and hate crimes z Discrimination and racism (e.g., work place or school) z Language difficulties z Lack of adequate social support z Strained financial resources z Cultural and identity conflicts z Trauma (especially associated with immigration) 2 Diagnostic and Statistical Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Manual of Mental Disorders z DSM-IV-TR is a system of classifying and diagnosing a psychological disorder (symptoms, duration) z DSM-IV-TR is the most commonly used diagnostic system in the U.S. z Since 1994, the DSM-IV has included cultural Bound Syndromes z Disorders that appear only in specific cultures and societies Controversy Controversy z Pros: z Crucial for accurate treatment planning z Common Language: Facilitates communication of symptoms with other professionals across disciplines z Cons z Diagnostic label may be self-fulfilling and discriminating z Inaccurate diagnosis can lead to poor treatment z Deficit based Problems with Diagnosing APIs Problems with Diagnosing APIs z Cultural factors influence how symptoms are manifested z Assessment instruments may be culturally biased (development and norming) z Potential to over and under diagnose API z Biases on the part of mental health professionals (minority clients are seen as more impaired) 3 What does it mean to be What does it mean to be mentally healthy? mentally healthy? List the traits/characteristics of a mentally healthy person The The Model Minority Myth Model Minority Myth and and Psychopathology Psychopathology z APIs are a highly successful minority in terms of income, education, and mental health z Therefore, suffer from lower incidences of mental disorders and are less in need of treatment/counseling services Facts Facts z Median family income and edu level was higher for SOME Asian groups z Large range of incomes than any other groups z Higher than average number of dual- wage-earner families z Higher incidences of poverty among elderly Asians, new immigrant groups, higher than any other groups z API receive lower income than other Americans with comparable edu levels. 4 Implications of Model Minority Implications of Model Minority Myth on Psychopathology Myth on Psychopathology z Decrease in funding for social/mental health services z Anti-Asian violence z Increased pressures to succeed...
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2008 for the course PSYC 141 taught by Professor Tsong during the Fall '08 term at UC Irvine.

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