Studying Mental Illness in Context: Local, Global, or Universal?
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2008
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 230–248, June 1997
How to Cite
Good, B. J. (1997), Studying Mental Illness in Context: Local, Global, or Universal?. Ethos, 25: 230–248. doi: 10.1525/eth.19220.127.116.11
- Issue published online: 3 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2008
What are the social and cultural/actors that influence the course and outcome of serious mental illness? What are the basic processes that influence the diagnosis and assessment of persons suffering such illness, and how do we accountfor higher levels of misdiagnosis among members of ethnic minorities in the United States? A review of the current status of these two major research questions illustrates characteristics of current research and the importance of ethnographic studies for advancing our understanding of basic processes.