Emotional, as well as physical distress, is a heritage from our hominid ancestors; it has been experienced by every group of human beings since our emergence as a species. And every known culture has developed systems of conceptualization and intervention for addressing it.
The editors have brought together leading psychologists, psychiatrists, anthropologists, and others to consider the interaction of psychosocial, biological, and cultural variables as they influence the assessment of health and illness and the course of therapy. The volume includes broadly conceived theoretical and survey chapters; detailed descriptions of specific healing traditions in Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the Arab world.
The Handbook of Culture, Therapy, and Healing is a unique resource, containing information about Western therapies practiced in non-Western cultures, non-Western therapies practiced both in their own context and in the West.
Contents: Preface. J.G. Draguns, U.P. Gielen, J.M. Fish, Approaches to Culture, Healing, and Psychotherapy. Part I: Culture, Therapy, and Healing: Basic Issues. H. Fabrega, Jr., Culture and the Origins of Psychopathology. L.K. Sussman, The Role of Culture in Definitions, Interpretations, and Management of Illness. J.M. Fish, Cross-Cultural Commonalities in Therapy and Healing: Theoretical Issues and Psychological and Sociocultural Principles. M. Hirsch, A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Cross-Cultural Healing. Part II: Therapeutic Services and Multiculturalism in North America. J.F. Aponte, The Role of Culture in the Treatment of Culturally Diverse Populations. F. Bemak, R.C-Y. Chung, Culturally Oriented Psychotherapy With Refugees. Part III: Traditional Healing in the Americas. S.T. Francis, The Role of Dance in a Navajo Healing Ceremonial. W.G. Jilek, The Therapeutic Aspects of Salish Spirit Dance Ceremonials. K. Finkler, Traditional Healers in Mexico: The Effectiveness of Spiritual Practices. J.D. Koss-Chioino, Women as Healers: A "Gendered" Exploration in Puerto Rico and Elsewhere. Part IV: Asian Approaches to Therapy and Healing. T. Lei, C. Askeroth, C-T. Lee, Indigenous Chinese Healing: Theories and Methods. T. Lei, C. Askeroth, C-T. Lee, D. Burshteyn, A. Einhorn, Indigenous Chinese Healing: A Criteria-Based Meta-Analysis of Outcomes Research. J.B. Rubin, Psychoanalysis and Buddhism. J. Tanaka-Matsumi, Japanese Forms of Psychotherapy: Naikan Therapy and Morita Therapy. R. Jaipal, Indian Conceptions of Mental Health, Healing, and the Individual. Part V: Psychotherapy and Healing in Africa and the Arab World. R. Prince, Western Psychotherapy and the Yoruba: Problems of Insight and Nondirective Technique. M.G. Wessells, C. Monteiro, Healing the Wounds Following Protracted Conflict in Angola: A Community-Based Approach to Assisting War-Affected Children. I. Al-Issa, A. Al-Subaie, Native Healing in Arab-Islamic Societies. Part VI: Outlook. J.G. Draguns, From Speculation Through Description Toward Investigation: A Prospective Glimpse at Cultural Research in Psychotherapy. U.P. Gielen, J.G. Draguns, J.M. Fish, Appendix: Culture, Therapy, and Healing: A Selective Bibliography.