Page of

Cultural Psychology and the Globalization of Western Psychiatric Practices

Cultural Psychology and the Globalization of Western Psychiatric Practices

Chapter:
(p.239) Thirteen Cultural Psychology and the Globalization of Western Psychiatric Practices
Source:
Universalism without Uniformity
Author(s):
Randall Horton
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226501710.003.0014

This paper examines key institutional and economic forces driving the rapid extension of the use of Western models of diagnosing and treating mental illness into all corners of the developing world. It examines the ways that problems in the American psychiatric research system, notably, ethnocentric biases and untoward economic influences, appear to be mirrored in the emerging international system, and how these may undercut the promised benefits of expanded mental health care to communities across the globe. It approaches these issues by examining the changing treatment of socio-cultural issues in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders [DSM] and the International Classification of Diseases [ICD]. While identifying persisting problems in the main body of the DSM-V, the paper notes the significant progress in thinking about the socio-cultural dimensions of mental health represented in the Cultural Formulation Interview included in the appendix of the work. Drawing on research from cultural and multi-cultural psychology, cultural psychiatry, and medical anthropology, the paper maps several out possible steps for establishing more responsive and well-grounded mental health practices to serve diverse communities within the United States and across the world.

Keywords:   Psychiatry, Cultural psychology, Culture and mental health, DSM-V, ICD-10, Cultural Formulation Interview, Cultural bias, Multiculturalism and psychiatry, Medical anthropology

Sign In

Copyright © 2021. All rights reserved.
Privacy Policy and Legal Notice