Chapter 11. Cultural Factors in Traumatic Stress

  1. Sussie Eshun BA, MA, PhD psychologist Professor teacher researcher member3 and
  2. Dr Regan A. R. Gurung BA, PhD Chair Professor Research fellow4
  1. Peter D. Yeomans PhD post-doctoral fellow1 and
  2. Evan M. Forman PhD Associate Professor Director doctoral2

Published Online: 5 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305807.ch11

Culture and Mental Health: Sociocultural Influences, Theory, and Practice

Culture and Mental Health: Sociocultural Influences, Theory, and Practice

How to Cite

Yeomans, P. D. and Forman, E. M. (2009) Cultural Factors in Traumatic Stress, in Culture and Mental Health: Sociocultural Influences, Theory, and Practice (eds S. Eshun and R. A. R. Gurung), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444305807.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 3

    East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 4

    University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, USA

  2. 2

    Drexel University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169837

Online ISBN: 9781444305807

SEARCH

Keywords:

  • cultural factors in traumatic stress;
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
  • understanding cultural factors influencing traumatic stress;
  • recent immigrants to industrialized world - Cambodian refugees meeting criteria for PTSD;
  • Nationals remaining in a pre-industrialized setting;
  • emic approach research – for better characterizing local manifestation of traumatic stress;
  • substantial variability in expression of specific traumatic stress symptoms between cultures;
  • biological and environmental factors;
  • contextual factors - influencing how traumatic reactions are reported;
  • challenges of assessment and treatment

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Importance of Understanding Cultural Factors

  • Studies of Prevalence

  • Symptom Variation

  • Challenges of Assessment and Treatment

  • Treatment Guidelines

  • Summary

  • References