ERIC Number: ED308440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Psychotherapeutic Medication in the Treatment of Refugees.
Jaranson, James M.
This paper is an overview of issues and findings in the use of medication to treat mentally ill refugees. The introductory background section briefly discusses the development of interest in ethnic differences in response to psychotropic drugs. The second section highlights the results of research literature on the use of the following kinds of drugs with Asian refugees: antidepressant medication, antipsychotic medication, anti-anxiety medication, and lithium. The paper goes on to assess some of the methodological difficulties in conducting sound research and to review possible explanations for ethnic differences in response to psychotropic drugs, including genetic and environmental considerations along with biological, psychological, and socio-cultural considerations. The issue of noncompliance with prescribed medications is also addressed, general principles of clinical treatment are outlined, and recommendations for research are offered. References are included. (TE)
Descriptors: Anxiety, Cultural Differences, Depression (Psychology), Drug Therapy, Drug Use, Emotional Disturbances, Mental Disorders, Pharmacology, Psychophysiology, Psychosis, Psychotherapy, Refugees, Sedatives, Stimulants
Refugee Assistance Program--Mental Health Technical Assistance Center, University of Minnesota, Box 85, Mayo, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Refugees Assistance Program - Mental Health Technical Assistance Center.