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Mental Health in East Asia
Cultural Beliefs, Social Networks, and Mental Health Experiences

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ISBN 9781032310374
March 1, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
176 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This pioneering monograph examines how culture informs popular understandings and experiences of mental health in East Asia, as well as providing resolutions for the future.

Questions about mental health problems have gained new urgency as their consequences are growing more visible in East Asia. Yet, our understanding, funding, and evidence has not kept pace. Anson Au explores the social, psychological concepts, and network structures that make up the blueprint of East Asian cultures and untangles their myriad of influences on how people think, feel, and trust with respect to mental health experiences. Chapters explore themes such as cultural beliefs about mental health, the role of social support and social media, and mental health stigma.

Drawing on the latest quantitative evidence, network science, and novel qualitative data, this book paints a portrait of mental health in the region and articulates culturally sensitive policies and practices tailored for East Asian cultures that improve mental health experiences.

Table of Contents

1. Invigorating the Role of Culture in Mental Health 2. Cultural Beliefs about Mental Health: Gender Ideology, Emotional Suppression, and the Stigmatization of Mental Health 3. Cultural Beliefs, Mental Health, and Stigma: A Network Perspective 4. Cultural Beliefs and Social Support 5. Cultural Beliefs and Professional Services 6. Cultural Beliefs and Social Media 7. Mental Health in a New Modernity of Disenfranchisement and Risk

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Anson Au, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Award-winning author of over thirty scientific articles, he is an expert sociologist on East Asia.