Chapter 8. International Perspectives on Culture and Mental Health

  1. Sussie Eshun BA, MA, PhD psychologist Professor teacher researcher member2 and
  2. Dr Regan A. R. Gurung BA, PhD Chair Professor Research fellow3
  1. P. S. D. V. Prasadarao PhD Consultant Clinical Psychologist Associate Professor

Published Online: 5 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444305807.ch8

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

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

How to Cite

Prasadarao, P. S. D. V. (2009) International Perspectives on Culture and Mental Health, 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.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania, USA

  2. 3

    University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, USA

Author Information

  1. Waikato DHB, New Zealand

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169837

Online ISBN: 9781444305807

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Keywords:

  • international perspectives on culture and mental health;
  • mental illness attributions and explanatory models;
  • mental health models across the world;
  • role of traditional healers in India;
  • mental illness and temple healing in India;
  • mental illness - supernatural forces as spirit possession;
  • People in Pakistan - perceiving mental illness as “state of arrested or incomplete development of mind”;
  • Nepalese suffering from psychiatric problems - mental illness considered “crazy” or “lunatic” and believed as possession by gods;
  • Chinese traditional literature - no phrase equivalent to mental health;
  • mental illness in people across the globe - different cultures and nations having own explanatory systems

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Mental Illness Attributions and Explanatory Models

  • Mental Health Models Across the World

  • India

  • Pakistan

  • Nepal

  • China

  • Malaysia

  • Bulgaria

  • Chile

  • New Zealand

  • Philippines

  • Thailand

  • Kenya

  • Uganda

  • Zambia

  • Concluding Comments

  • References