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Cultural Clinical Psychology and PTSD

Herausgeber: Andreas Maercker, Eva Heim, Laurence J. Kirmayer


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State-of-the-art knowledge on how culture impacts on the diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic stress and related disorders. Leading experts show:

  • How culture shapes mental health and recovery
  • How to integrate culture and context into PTSD theory
  • How trauma-related distress is experienced and expressed in different cultures
  • How to integrate cultural dimensions in therapy

More about the book

This book, written and edited by leading experts from around the world, looks critically at how culture impacts on the way posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related disorders are diagnosed and treated. There have been important advances in clinical treatment and research on PTSD, partly as a result of researchers and clinicians increasingly taking into account how “culture matters.”

For mental health professionals who strive to respond to the needs of people from diverse cultures who have experienced traumatic events, this book is invaluable. It presents recent research and practical approaches on key topics, including:

  • How culture shapes mental health and recovery
  • How to integrate culture and context into PTSD theory
  • How trauma-related distress is experienced and expressed in different cultures, reflecting local values, idioms, and metaphors
  • How to integrate cultural dimensions into psychological interventions.

Providing new theoretical insights as well as practical advice, it will be of interest to clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and other health professionals, as well as researchers and students engaged with mental health issues, both globally and locally.

Praise for the book

"The field of cultural clinical psychology takes an important stride forward with this carefully edited volume on the cultural shaping of posttraumatic stress disorder. An impressive group of experts combines rich theory with empirical and clinical examples from a wide range of contexts, embracing the complexity of the subject while pointing the way to potential solutions. This volume ought to be read by anyone working at the intersection of culture and mental health."
Andrew G. Ryder, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada

"Comprehensive, evidence-based and practical. This terrific book brings together authors and topics from many different disciplines and fields of expertise to build a foundation for the cultural clinical psychology of trauma and its consequences. It is a must-read for those who work with traumatized patients, both in clinical and research settings."
Jianping Wang, PhD, MD, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Beijing Normal University, China

"This text is an essential resource for traumatic stress professionals and others engaged in culturally-informed research, practice, and policy development in our increasingly diverse and multicultural society."
Diane Elmore Borbon, PhD, MPH, Immediate Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Washington, DC, USA

"This comprehensive resource is full of ideas and wise guidance for expanding our thinking about trauma and its consequences. It provides rich clinical examples of the cultural and contextual adaptation of trauma-related interventions as well as a roadmap of key issues for researchers seeking to lay the foundations for a cultural clinical psychology of traumatic stress. Those seeking to assist trauma survivors from different cultures and countries will be helped to take a giant step towards real cultural competence."
Josef I. Ruzek, PhD, Co-Director, Center for m2 Health, Palo Alto University, CA, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, CA, USA

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