Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry - Committees - Cultural Psychiatry


Cultural Psychiatry

The mission of this Committee is to explore, assess, and understand how culture and ethnic identity influence human behavior, psychiatric diagnosis, clinical manifestations, explanations, treatment, and outcome of mental disorders.  Issues to be studied, include, among others, socialization experiences, values, beliefs, traditions, language, socioeconomic and political status, acculturation responses, prejudice and discrimination. Biopsychosocial parameters such as demographic and epidemiological patterns as well as access to and utilization of mental health services are also appropriate topics.  Previous Committee reports have included Suicide and Ethnicity and Alcohol and Ethnicity among US minority groups.  The Committee is currently working on cultural competence training issues, and the implications of race in different aspects of clinical and research practices.