Chapter 41. Social Psychiatry in Africa: Evidence and Challenges

  1. Craig Morgan and
  2. Dinesh Bhugra
  1. Oye Gureje and
  2. Victor Makanjuola

Published Online: 28 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch41

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Gureje, O. and Makanjuola, V. (2010) Social Psychiatry in Africa: Evidence and Challenges, in Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds C. Morgan and D. Bhugra), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch41

Editor Information

  1. NIH Biomedical Research Centre and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan and University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470697139

Online ISBN: 9780470684214

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Keywords:

  • social psychiatry in Africa - evidence and challenges;
  • misconceptions about prevalence of psychiatric disorders - among Africans rife in colonial period;
  • mental disorder epidemiology;
  • social and cultural context - in which mental illness is experienced;
  • mental disorder assessment - influenced by cultural differences between patient and physician;
  • models of mental illness - African model of mental illness, resemblance to that of other cultures;
  • social determinants of mental disorder;
  • mental health services in Egypt - provided by four public psychiatric hospitals;
  • misconceptions about nature and distribution of mental disorder in Africa

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Epidemiology of Mental Disorders

  • The Social and Cultural Context in which Mental Illness is Experienced

  • Models of Mental Illness

  • Social Determinants of Mental Disorder

  • Stigma and Social Distance

  • Profile of Mental Health Services

  • Conclusion

  • References