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MARCH 23 ETHNICITY G - GROUPS HAVE DIFFERENT ILLNESS VOCABULARIES Expressions of symptoms can be cultural E.g depression Psychological sadness

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GROUPS HAVE DIFFERENT ILLNESS VOCABULARIES Expressions of symptoms can be cultural E.g. depression - Psychological – sadness, hopelessness, low self-esteem Physical - fatigue, aches, back pain
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EXPRESSIONS Western cultures = psychological expressions Non-Westerns cultures = physiological expressions
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IMMIGRANTS Compare symptoms of new and long- term immigrants Chinese-Americans New immigrants had more physical symptoms Long-term immigrants more psychological symptoms Assimilation changed symptoms
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IMPLICATIONS Clinician’s should be sensitive to cultural nature of symptoms Our mental illnesses – depression, eating disorders, etc. can be “culture- bound” too
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REASONS FOR DIFFERENCES Definitions of MI Use of informal or formal resources Trust in mental health professionals Response of mental health system Attitudes toward medication
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RESPONSE TO SCHIZOPHRENIA IN L.A. Mexicans
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:307 taught by Professor Horwitz during the Spring '10 term at Rutgers.

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MARCH 23 ETHNICITY G - GROUPS HAVE DIFFERENT ILLNESS VOCABULARIES Expressions of symptoms can be cultural E.g depression Psychological sadness

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