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Cultural Competence in Forensic Mental Health : A Guide for Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Attorneys - Wen-Shing Tseng

Cultural Competence in Forensic Mental Health

A Guide for Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Attorneys

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780415947893
Number Of Pages: 344

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As culturally relevant psychiatry becomes common practice, the need for competent and culturally relevant forensic psychiatry comes to the forefront. This volume, written by one expert in cultural psychiatry and another in forensic psychiatry addresses that need. By combining their expertise in these areas, they are able to develop and create a new body of knowledge and experiences addressing the issue of the cultural aspects of forensic psychiatry.
Beginning with an introduction to cultural and ethnic aspects of forensic psychiatry, this volume will address basic issues of the practice, as well as more detailed areas ranging from the various psychiatric disorders to intensive analysis and discussion of how to perform forensic psychiatric practice in a culturally relevant and competent way. Also the book suggests methods for continued awareness and sensitivity to issues of cultural and ethnic diversity in the field.

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"Tseng, Matthews, and Elwyn have blended decades of experience and knowledge of cultural and forensic psychiatry to produce a text that is intellectually intriguing and enormously practical. The book also fills a void that has been created by the explosion of forensic psychiatry as a sub-specialty. And for the first time, forensic psychiatrists and others can turn to a brilliantly assembled reference text to read about the impact of culture on the MMPI, the Hare Psychopathy Checklist, judicial practices, forensic clinical assessments, and other principles and rituals that forensic professionals so commonly encounter. These scholars use lucid prose to emphasize that both psychiatry and the law are subject to the influence of mundane societal mores, an understanding of which is necessary for the thoughtful practice of forensic psychiatry.
-Ezra E. H. Griffith, MD is Professor of Psychiatry and of African-American Studies at Yale University
"This brilliant text provides a comprehensive and in-depth view of the importance of cultural perspectives in contemporary forensic psychiatry. The authors, with their combined expertise in cultural psychiatry and the law, provide practitioners with a solid foundation of what they need to know in this exciting and challenging field, while at the same time introducing central philosophical questions at the interface of psychiatry, law, culture, and ethics.
-James K. Boehnlein, M.D. Professor of Psychiatry Oregon Health and Science University
"Drs. Tseng, Mathews, and Elwyn have written a text which takes us into the increasingly important realm of cultural competencies in a forensic psychiatric context...It is the firstcomprehensive treatment of this important topic and provides forensic scientists, novice and expert, with a roadmap for basic understanding of the issues involved and a jumping-off place for future investigation and mastery of this most important area of forensic concern.."
-Joseph D. Bloom, M.D., Emeritus Dean, School of Medicine; Emeritus Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health and Science University

Prefacep. ix
About the Authorsp. xiii
List of Casesp. xvi
Introduction: Culture and Forensic Psychiatryp. 1
What is Culture?p. 2
Law in Various Culturesp. 6
Effects of Culture in Courtp. 15
Possible Impact of Culture on the Legal Procedure and Decisionp. 19
Universal Rule Versus Cultural Relativismp. 24
The Impact of Culture on Various Aspects of Forensic Psychiatry Servicesp. 25
The Goal, Scope, and Nature of the Bookp. 28
General Cultural Issues in Forensic Psychiatry Assessmentp. 33
Basic Considerations in Transcultural Forensic Assessmentp. 33
Special Attention Needed for Forensic Psychiatric Assessmentsp. 44
A Culturally Appropriate Approach to Examining Mental Statusp. 50
Certain Legally Related Issues Requiring Cultural Considerationp. 54
Assessment of Malingering: Cultural Considerationsp. 60
Particular Concern is Needed for Certain Populationsp. 66
Psychological Testing for Forensic Evaluationp. 73
Transcultural Application of Psychological Instruments: General Issuesp. 73
Conventional Psychological Testsp. 77
Specialized Forensic Assessment Instrumentsp. 85
Implications for Forensic Applicationp. 94
Cultural Aspects of Psychiatric Disorders in the Forensic Contextp. 103
Culture and Psychiatric Disorders: General Reviewp. 103
Psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disordersp. 108
Schizophreniap. 112
Delusional Disordersp. 115
Mood Disordersp. 118
Dissociation, Possession, and Multiple Personality Disordersp. 120
Substance-Related Mental Disturbancesp. 125
Conduct Disorder and Juvenile Delinquencyp. 129
Sexual Disordersp. 132
Culture-Related Specific Disordersp. 134
Cultural Dimensions of Various Crimes and Behavioral Problemsp. 143
Spouse Abusep. 144
Infanticide and Filicidep. 147
Child Abduction and Kidnappingp. 153
Violence Against Othersp. 154
Homicidep. 157
Mass Homicidep. 159
Rapep. 161
Religion-Related Wrongful Behaviorp. 166
Conflict Between Religious Belief and Societal Lawp. 169
Cultural Considerations in Specific Types of Forensic Evaluationp. 173
Cultural Input in Various Phases of the Legal Processp. 173
Culture Defense Strategyp. 181
Criminal Casesp. 184
Civil Casesp. 198
Family-Related Issuesp. 205
Legal Regulation of Psychiatry and Medical Practice: Cultural Considerationsp. 231
Psychiatric Care of the Mentally Illp. 232
Problems in the Therapist-Patient Relationshipp. 238
Ethical-Legal Issues Relating to Medical Practicep. 244
Correctional Psychiatry: Culturally Relevant Care and Treatmentp. 253
General Issuesp. 254
Cultural Considerations in Prison Custodial Carep. 254
Care for Special Populationsp. 258
Counseling and Psychotherapy for Offendersp. 261
Cultural Analysis of Forensic Psychiatric Casesp. 273
Cultural Examination of Selected Landmark Casesp. 274
Analysis of Cases that Used a Cultural Defensep. 283
Cases that Proceeded with Input on Cultural Issuesp. 291
Final Discussion and Commentsp. 301
Closure: Review, Comments, and Suggestionsp. 305
Review of the Present Situationp. 305
Overall Cultural Commentsp. 310
Suggestions for the Futurep. 313
Indexp. 319
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ISBN: 9780415947893
ISBN-10: 0415947898
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1