International Journal of Culture and Mental Health

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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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    ABSTRACT: The present study aimed to describe associations between various types of mental health stigma and help-seeking behaviors among ethnically diverse clients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) served by an urban community health clinic. The present study draws qualitative data from a parent National Institute of Mental Health Study that aims to identify barriers and facilitators of implementing Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD. A total of 24 participants from the initial phase of the trial were included in the present study. Mental health stigma emerged as one notable barrier to seeking mental health treatment, as participants described how experiences of environment-level stigma, internalized (self-)stigma and perceived (felt) stigma from their family, friends and previous healthcare providers influenced their decisions to seek care. Despite these barriers to help seeking, many clients also reported that positive interactions with informal and formal support systems, and encouragement from study therapists, helped to combat mental health stigma and facilitate decisions to participate in an implementation trial for CPT. Findings suggest that providers in community health settings may need to attend directly to stigma at the initiation of mental health treatment.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · International Journal of Culture and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: African traditional medicine (ATM) is an important health delivery system throughout the world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, yet very little research has been done on it, write on it. Research suggests that ATM can be complementary to biomedicine, particularly for mental health care. In this study, we aimed to explore ATM practices on patients with mental disorders. Using exploratory qualitative methods in a semi-urban community near Harare, we conducted 30 interviews with traditional healers from Zimbabwe National Traditional Healers’ Association. Data were coded and analysed using thematic analysis to identify key themes. We found that herbalists were the main healing order, and that the majority of the patients were women who presented mainly with problems identified as ‘supernatural', such as witchcraft or spiritual. The ATM involved mainly using spiritual power, talking and rituals that met patients’ cultural expectations. Our data suggest that ATM uses distinct treatments methods that meet cultural expectations of patients and that biomedicine do not. The ATM practices may therefore have a positive role to play in the treatment of mental disorders in Africa. Policies in national guidelines should include ATM practices to address mental health needs of the patients. More research is required to establish efficacy of ATM practices before their adoption.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · International Journal of Culture and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: Parenting style is a potent and malleable influence on emerging adult substance use. Most of the parenting-substance use literature has been conducted in Western populations and it is unknown whether findings are generalizable to other cultures and contexts. We extended the parenting-substance use literature to a cohort of emerging adults in the Philippines using the Cebu Longitudinal Health and Nutrition Survey. We assessed associations between mothers’ and fathers’ parenting styles (authoritative, permissive, authoritarian, and neglectful) reported by offspring at age 18 and odds of offspring-reported drug use three years later, adjusted for a range of offspring- and parent/household-level characteristics. Females were dropped from analyses due to low prevalence of drug users. We found that many emerging adults in Cebu reported having used drugs, particularly methamphetamine—a dangerous drug with high abuse potential. Authoritative (warm, firm) mothering was significantly associated with sons’ reduced odds of drug use and neglectful fathering was related at a trend level with sons’ increased odds of having tried drugs. Findings underscore the relation of parenting styles to emerging adults’ drug use and add to the literature on cross-cultural variability in parenting styles.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2015 · International Journal of Culture and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: The increasing presence of Black Caribbean and Latino Caribbean college students in higher education settings requires helping professionals to more clearly understand their unique racial identity developmental needs and experiences with discrimination in order to fortify their academic endeavors and contribute to their success. A series of 3 × 2 ANOVAs and MANOVAS were conducted to examine ethnic group differences in racial identity attitudes, perceived racial discrimination and mental health outcomes in 159 African American, Black Caribbean and Latino Caribbean college students in an urban college setting in the Northeast USA. Results indicated that dissonance and immersion racial identity status attitudes were significantly linked to perceived racial discrimination and depression for all participants. Findings also showed a main interaction effect between ethnicity and racial identity conformity attitudes and mental health outcomes with high conformity linked to increased perceived stress for Latino Caribbeans and Black Caribbeans compared to African Americans. Implications for mental health practitioners and ongoing research are discussed.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · International Journal of Culture and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: Common mental disorders are prevalent in Nigeria. Due to stigma and a limited number of trained specialists, only 10% of adults with mental illness in Nigeria receive any care. The Healthy Beginning Initiative is a community-based maternal/child health program that includes screening for perinatal depression and was implemented by lay, volunteer, church-based health advisors (CHAs). The aim of the study was to assess the beliefs and attitudes about mental illness among the CHAs. The study used a cross-sectional survey of 57 CHAs, who completed a 43-item, self-administered questionnaire that assessed their beliefs and attitudes about mental illness. The response rate was 71%. Respondents were mostly female (79%), married (83%) and aged 40–49 years (M = 41.16 SD = 10.48). Most endorsed possession by evil spirits (84%), traumatic events (81%) and witchcraft (60%) as causes of mental illness. A majority (69%) believed that people with mental illness were a nuisance, and less than half (46%) believed that mental disorders were illnesses like any other illness. It is concluded that stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs about mental illness are common among the CHAs. Training for lay health workers in Nigeria should include education on the known bio-psycho-social basis of mental disorders and the role of social inclusion in recovery.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · International Journal of Culture and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: Postnatal depression (PND) is the most common psychiatric complication in women following childbirth. It affects 10–15% of women in the puerperium. Postnatal depression is of public health importance due to its effects on maternal morbidity and mortality and ramifications on the long-term wellbeing of the baby and therefore of the family. There is abundant literature on the etiological theories and management of PND from a biomedical perspective. However, culture has a determining role in the manifestation and management of depression following childbirth. Addressing the cultural and associated factors would aid in the recognition, care and prevention of depression in mothers. Most of the studies of PND are from the West, where the sociocultural background is distinctly different from that of Asian countries. Moreover, cultural customs in Asia itself are diverse. The purpose of this narrative review is to explore the relation between culture and associated factors in PND in Asian countries. An electronic database search was conducted and articles in English from 1983 to 2013 were retrieved. The titles and abstracts were screened and relevant articles were studied and discussed. Cultural factors have variable effects on PND. More research is indicated in this area.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · International Journal of Culture and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: Different cultures often express identical symptoms in different ways. The original four-factor structure of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) might not be appropriate for all cultural groups. This study aimed to investigate the factor structure of the CES-D among Japanese Brazilians and to examine relationships between the CES-D and Japanese language proficiency. Participants were Japanese Brazilians (n = 136). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted to determine the structure of the Portuguese CES-D. The relationships were examined using the generalized linear model. We tested the five CES-D models on Japanese Brazilians and found these models did not satisfactory meet goodness-of-fit criteria. Therefore, we performed post-hoc factor analyses on the CES-D and determined a best-fit structure composed of four factors, namely: ‘Depressed Affect/Somatic Symptoms’, ‘Loneliness/Sadness’, ‘(Absence of) Positive Affect’ and ‘Interpersonal Difficulties’. Two items functioned differently from the original model and the structure differed from models developed among Brazilian or Japanese samples. Internal reliability and construct validity were acceptable. Japanese language proficiency, a measure of culture retention, was significantly related to subscores for the absence of positive affect. This suggests a complex relationship between language and cultural background that can affect reporting on instruments such as the CES-D.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · International Journal of Culture and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: While empirical support that focuses on maternal depression has received substantial publicity on several fronts, paternal depression has not garnered as much empirical attention. Additionally, despite the increase in the prevalence of immigration in the US, there has been slow progress in identifying underlying mechanisms and risks among immigrant families and their impact on younger children's socio-emotional wellbeing. Utilizing the framework of intersectionality, this study investigated the effect of parental depressive tendencies on school-age children's internalizing and externalizing behaviors. To understand the familial links that safeguard young school-age children's behavioral outcomes, the discrepancies of parental depressive propensities with respect to parents’ gender and immigrant status were discussed. Overall, the postulation that paternal and maternal depressive tendencies exerted differing impact was partially upheld. Fathers with a history of depressed mood were more likely to rate their children's behaviors poorly, while these mothers were more likely to hold negative perception about their children's emotional expression. Immigrant parents of first-generation were less likely to perceive their children's behaviors negatively, but more likely to see their children's emotional expression in a negative light.
    Preview · Article · Jul 2015 · International Journal of Culture and Mental Health
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    ABSTRACT: A systematic review was conducted to evaluate the empirical literature exploring the role of language switching in therapeutic engagement for bilingual therapists working with minority ethnic clients who share the same native language. The review identified three main themes of research focusing on: the training needs and professional development of bilingual therapists; the emotional aspects of language use; and the use of language switching and its perceived effects on the therapeutic process. The review indicates that language switching may be a useful therapeutic strategy for bilingual therapists when working with bilingual clients. Findings indicate how language switching may strengthen the therapeutic alliance and enhance client self-disclosure. They also highlight gaps in the training needs of bilingual therapists. Limitations of the reviewed studies are considered, with discrepancies in recruitment processes and sampling as prominent factors that have impacted upon the generalisability of findings. Recommendations and implications for future research and practice are discussed for language switching as a tool, which may prove valuable for bilingual therapists when accessing and engaging with diverse populations in the therapeutic domain.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · International Journal of Culture and Mental Health