International Journal of Culture and Mental Health

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

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Other titles International journal of culture and mental health
ISSN 1754-2863
OCLC 154690457
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

  • International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/17542863.2015.1065893
  • Ortal Slobodin · Yael Caspi · Ehud Klein
    International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 08/2015; DOI:10.1080/17542863.2015.1019899
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    ABSTRACT: In low- and middle-income countries, perinatal depression (PND) has been associated with poor infant health outcomes, including frequency of infant diarrheal episodes, preterm delivery and low birth weight, and discontinuation or problems breastfeeding. Yet little is known about the awareness or expression of PND depression in Ghana. A total of 12 in-depth key-informant interviews were conducted with women who had experienced PND within the previous two-and-a-half years. Three focus-group discussions were conducted with new mothers (n = 11), grandmothers (n = 8), and fathers (n = 9) for contextual and supporting information. ‘Thinking too much’ was the term most commonly used to describe PND. The women saw their distress as caused largely by poverty, lack of social support, and domestic problems. Women sought help through family and religious organizations, rather than through medical services. Problems producing breast milk or breastfeeding were nearly universal complaints and suggest significant effects on infant health in the study area. These results present evidence to support the increasing consensus that depression presents in similar and disabling ways across cultures and contexts. This formative qualitative data is required to tailor depression prevention or treatment interventions to this particular socio-cultural context.
    International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/17542863.2015.1037849
  • International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/17542863.2015.1034739
  • International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/17542863.2015.1041993
  • International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 06/2015; DOI:10.1080/17542863.2015.1041994
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    ABSTRACT: This work is part of the elaboration of an epistemological, political and ethical project in intercultural clinical psychology. This project, Globality as a Clinical Posture (in the sense of a global clinical approach, Clinique de la Mondialité in French), aims to adapt a number of everyday topics to globalization, in particular through the design of a general methodological framework. It enables the clinical psychologist to consider a worldwide dimension in the actualization and expression of patients' symptoms, as well as to assist patients in relating to the world beyond their family, the institution around them and the countries with which they are connected. Certainly, many factors can lead clinicians to question their usual devices and tools and to reposition themselves in the clinical relationship: worldwide historical and geographical population displacement as well as the transformation faced vis-à-vis the perception of self and the other in the creolized world. We analyze different epistemological and professional positions in intercultural psychology in order to develop an integrated posture - the global clinical approach posture - based on openness to interdisciplinarity and the adaptation to globality of the classical clinical approach. The basis of this new approach is, above all else, the world.
    International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 04/2015; 8(3):1-16. DOI:10.1080/17542863.2015.1005107
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    ABSTRACT: Postpartum depression (PPD) is the most common mental health complication of childbirth. It has been estimated to affect approximately 10-15% of mothers after childbirth. If untreated, PPD can lead to more serious mental illness. Identifying risk factors can help develop accurate screening assessment for the early identification and treatment of those at risk. To date, no studies have examined the prevalence rate of PPD among Saudi women or the specific risk factors for PPD in Saudi culture. The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of PPD and to assess the risk factors. A total of 1200 women were invited to participate in the study immediately after delivery, 571 of those women were interviewed by phone five weeks later using the Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale. The study found an approximately 14% prevalence of PPD in Saudi women. A previous psychiatric history, mothers’ health during pregnancy and the delivery time were specific risk factors in this group. These data are expected to motivate clinicians and mental health professionals who work with pregnant women to include assessments of these factors in their routine examinations and to improve the early identification and management of this condition.
    International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 04/2015; 8(3):1-9. DOI:10.1080/17542863.2014.999691
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    ABSTRACT: Human societies are unique in that our behavior is regulated by learned norms and influenced by cultural standards. The present article addresses one of the aspects of how normative culture affects individual's mental life. This study specifically examined the role of norm internalization in cultural consonance and individual psychological flourishing. The data, collected in New England in the winter of 2012, contained measures of individual's (n = 189) knowledge about a cultural model of a good, worthy life, the degree of internalization of the corresponding normative ideas, and self-reported information about each informant's lifestyle and individual mental health status. The results suggest that while stronger internalizers tend to have slightly better levels of psychological flourishing on average, they also suffer greater losses in positive mental health when they think that they are not conforming to the norms embedded in a cultural model.
    International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 04/2015; 8(3):1-19. DOI:10.1080/17542863.2014.988278
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    ABSTRACT: Studying trends in mental health morbidity will guide the planning of future interventions for mental and public health services. To assess the trends in mental health problems among children and adolescents aged 5 through 15 years in Malaysia from 1996 to 2011, data from the children's mental health component of three population-based surveys was analysed using a two-stage stratified sampling design. Mental health problems were assessed using the Reporting Questionnaire for Children. The prevalence of mental health problems among children and adolescents aged 5 through 15 years showed an increasing trend from 13.0% (95% Confidence Interval [CI]: 11.5-14.6) in 1996 to 19.4% (95% CI: 18.5-20.3) in 2006 and 20.0% (95% CI: 18.8-21.3) in 2011. In 2011, male children and adolescents and those who were in less affluent families were significantly associated with mental health problems. The findings indicate that even though mental health problems among children and adolescents in Malaysia are increasing, the rate of increase has decreased in the past five years. Socially and economically disadvantaged groups were most vulnerable to mental health problems.
    International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 04/2015; 8(2):125-136. DOI:10.1080/17542863.2014.907326
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    ABSTRACT: The wide reach and devastation of recent natural disasters and other traumatic events provides an opportunity to revisit the conceptualization of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Currently, the majority of PTSD research focuses on the aftermath of isolated, single events for individuals, or time-limited trauma episodes (e.g., child abuse). This paper explores classification of traumatic experiences that questions the notion of the ‘post-’ in PTSD. Moreover, the authors focus on placing trauma in a cultural and social context, including an historical perspective and current responses to trauma across the world. Discussion and recommendations concern the role of mental health providers in the face of disasters and other traumatic events across the globe, with a specific consciousness of contexts in which a ‘post-’ is not applicable.
    International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 01/2015; 8(1). DOI:10.1080/17542863.2014.892519
  • International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 10/2014; 7(4). DOI:10.1080/17542863.2013.787192
  • International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 10/2014; 7(4). DOI:10.1080/17542863.2013.815241
  • International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 10/2014; 7(4). DOI:10.1080/17542863.2012.757334
  • International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 10/2014; 7(4). DOI:10.1080/17542863.2013.797140
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to carry out a survey of Japanese high school students in order to assess recognition and beliefs about treatments for mental disorders. In 2011, 311 Japanese high school students aged 15-19 years filled out an anonymous self-report questionnaire containing a case vignette describing depression, schizophrenia or social phobia. Subsequent questions covered: what was wrong with the person, help-seeking intentions and the likely helpfulness of treatments. Only 14.3% of students correctly labelled depression. Rates of recognition for schizophrenia (or psychosis) and social phobia were 8.3% (or 23.1%) and 26.8% respectively. Friends were nominated as the most likely source of help. The most commonly nominated barrier to help seeking was concern about what other people might think. Views about the helpfulness of treatments generally diverged from those of health professionals. Between 36.8% and 52.6% of students thought dealing with the problem alone would be helpful. Japanese high school students show low levels of mental health literacy relating to depression, social phobia and schizophrenia. Interventions to improve mental health literacy should be targeted towards young people and their parents and should address signs and symptoms of disorders, evidence-based treatments and barriers to help-seeking, particularly concern about what others might think.
    International Journal of Culture and Mental Health 09/2014; 8(2):1-16. DOI:10.1080/17542863.2014.931979