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Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry, Second Edition

Edited by Russell F. Lim, M.D., M.Ed.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-544-4
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The interaction of culture and mental illness is the focus of the Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry, which is designed to help mental health clinicians become culturally competent and skilled in the treatment of patients from diverse backgrounds. The product of nearly two decades of seminar experience, the book teaches clinicians when it is appropriate to ask Is what I am seeing in this patient typical behavior in his or her culture? The ability to see someone else's worldview is essential for working with ethnic minority and culturally diverse patients, and the author, who designed the course that was this handbook's precursor, has expanded the second edition to take into account shifting demographics and the changing culture of mental health treatment.

The content of the new edition has been completely updated, expanded to include new material, and enhanced by innovative features that will prove helpful for mental health clinicians as they encounter diverse patient populations.

  • The new chapter on women reflects the fact that mental health disparities extend beyond ethnic minorities. Women have significantly higher rates of posttraumatic stress disorder and affective disorders, for example, yet research on women has been limited largely to the relationship between reproductive functioning and mental health.
  • Two new chapters address the alarming number of unmet mental health needs that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender patients suffer from. These chapters emphasize the need for mental health providers and policy makers to remedy these disparities.
  • A new chapter has been added to help clinicians determine the role religious and spiritual beliefs play in psychological functioning, because religious and spiritual beliefs have been found to have both positive and negative effects on mental health.
  • The newly introduced DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) is addressed in the book's introduction and is included in its entirety, along with an informant module, 12 supplementary modules, and guidelines for their use in a psychiatric assessment. In addition, the reader has access to videotaped examples using simulated patients to illustrate practical application of the DSM-5 Outline for Cultural Formulation and CFI.
  • Extensive information on ethnopsychopharmacology, reviewing clinical reports of ethnic variation with several different classes of psychotropic medications and examining the relationship of pharmacogenetics, ethnicity, and environmental factors to pharmacologic treatment of minorities.

The book updates coverage of African American, Asian American, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American/Alaskan Native cultures as they relate to mental health issues while retaining the nuanced approach that was so effective in the first edition. Course-tested and DSM-5 compatible throughout, the Clinical Manual of Cultural Psychiatry is a must-read for clinicians in our diverse era.


  • Contributors
  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Video Guide
  • Chapter 1. Assessment of Culturally Diverse Individuals: Introduction and Foundations
  • Chapter 2. Applying the DSM-5 Outline for Cultural Formulation and the Cultural Formulation Interview: A Resident's/Early Career Psychiatrist's Perspective
  • Chapter 3. Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of African American Patients
  • Chapter 4. Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of Asian American Patients
  • Chapter 5. Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of Latino Patients
  • Chapter 6. Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of American Indian and Alaska Native Patients
  • Chapter 7. Cultural Issues in Women's Mental Health
  • Chapter 8. Sexual Orientation: Gay Men, Lesbians, and Bisexuals
  • Chapter 9. Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Patients
  • Chapter 10. Religious and Spiritual Assessment
  • Chapter 11. Ethnopsychopharmacology
  • Chapter 12. Conclusion: Applying the Updated DSM-5 Outline for Cultural Formulation and Cultural Formulation Interview
  • Appendix 1: DSM-5 Outline for Cultural Formulation, Cultural Formulation Interview, and Supplementary Modules
  • Appendix 2: DSM-5 Glossary of Cultural Concepts of Distress
  • Appendix 3: Cultural Formulations of Case Examples Seen in the Videos
  • Bibliography
  • Index


    Lisa Andermann, M.Phil., M.D., FRCPC
    Tracee Burroughs-Gardner, M.D.
    Angel Caraballo, M.D.
    Deborah Cohen, M.B.A.
    Nang Du, M.D.
    Candace M. Fleming, Ph.D.
    Marshall Forstein, M.D.
    Kenneth P. Fung, M.D., M.Sc., FRCPC
    David M. Gellerman, M.D., Ph.D.
    Hamada Hamid, D.O., M.P.H.
    David C. Henderson, M.D.
    Dan H. Karasic, M.D.
    Jason Lambrese, M.D.
    Amaro J. Laria, Ph.D.
    Jennifer Robin Lee, M.D.
    Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, M.D.
    William B. Lawson, M.D., Ph.D.
    Francis G. Lu, M.D.
    Annelle B. Primm, M.D., M.P.H.
    Hendry Ton, M.D., M.S.
    Brenda Vincenzi, M.D.
    Tauheed Zaman, M.D.

About the Authors

Russell F. Lim, M.D., M.Ed., is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, California.

This second edition of a well-known volume reflects not only the conceptual, clinical and research advances made in the field of cultural psychiatry throughout the last decade, but does so in a cogent and comprehensive fashion. From cultural identity to pharmacogenomics, from help-seeking patterns to explanatory accounts, from illustrative clinical cases to scholarly written chapters, Clinical Manual on Cultural Psychiatry's contents make it one of the main parameters of reference, reflection and practice. The core approach embodied by the book clearly delineates the human commonalities and the cultural distinctions of all those who experience directly or indirectly the pain of mental illnesses. As a result, I have no doubts that it will certainly continue to be extensively used by students, trainees and mental health professionals alike.—Renato D. Alarcon, M.D., M.P.H., Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA; Honorio Delgado Chair, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru.

This is an excellent update of the first edition and a wonderful addition to the available resources on culturally mediated topics in mental health. Given its vast content, unique organization, and resourcefulness with editorial expertise, this book is a tremendous asset for anyone curious and needing to develop competency in cultural psychiatry.—Sheila Lahijani, M.D., Doody's Book Review

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