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Handbook of Mental Health and Mental Disorder Among Black Americans

Dorothy S. Ruiz

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ISBN 10: 0313263302 / ISBN 13: 9780313263309
Editorial: Greenwood Press, 1990
Usado Condición: Good
Librería: Better World Books (Mishawaka, IN, Estados Unidos de America)

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Título: Handbook of Mental Health and Mental ...

Editorial: Greenwood Press

Año de publicación: 1990

Condición del libro:Good

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?This handbook brings together crucial information related to mental illness among black Americans by examining the impact of social structures and conditions on the mental health of blacks. An initial overview chapter by Alvin Poussaint is dated in that it does not discuss the impact of crack cocaine and AIDS on the functioning of the black community. Even without these bleak new social factors, however, the chapter provides grim news: by any measurable standard the mental health of black Americans is in serious decline. Alcoholism represents one of their most serious mental health problems because it is associated with violent behavior. Drug abuse is a particularly insidious problem not only because of the number of deaths clearly linked to its usage, but also because of the social problems associated with its prevalence. Poussaint concludes that the social conditions faced by black Americans--poverty, racism, unemployment, female-headed households, illegitimacy, and the increasing divorce rate--place blacks at high risk for 'mental disorder, crime and family and community breakdown.' Other chapters examine the effects of racism on the development of stress and coping styles; ethnic and cultural factors as they relate to the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness; and the positive mental health attributes of blacks. Upper-division and graduate collections.?-Choice

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