Forensic Psychiatry, Race and Culture

By Dr Suman Fernando, Suman Fernando, David Ndegwa, Melba Wilson

© 1998 – Routledge

308 pages

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About the Book

Forensic psychiatry is the discipline which distinguishes the 'mad' from the 'bad', but are its values inherently racist? Why are individuals from non-Western backgrounds over-represented statistically in those diagnosed with schizophrenia and other serious illnesses? The authors argue that the values on which psychiatry is based are firmly rooted in ethnocentric Western culture, with profound implications for individual diagnosis and systems of care.

Through detailed exploration of the history of psychiatry, current clinical issues and present public policy, this powerful book traces the growth of a system in which non-conformity to the prevailing cultural norms risks alienation and diagnosis of mental disorder.

Reviews

'This is an inspiring read, and to be highly recommended to anyone working in the field of forensic care at any level, and in primary mental health care.' - Mental Health Care

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY000000
PSYCHOLOGY / General