ERIC Number: ED459398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Cultural Perspectives on Mental Health Practice in Arab Countries.
Individuals in Arabian cultures, as in any other culture, are forced into different life experiences and therefore, deliberately and inadvertently, develop many different and unique cultural values and perspectives. When practicing therapy, these differences must be taken into account before maximum success can be achieved. This paper concentrates on exactly this premise. Based on personal practice, anthropological studies, psychosocial research, and personal observations, themes central to four major shared social and psychological characteristics including: religious orientation; communal values; sex taboos; and authority-obedience orientation have been identified. The role of such dimensions in facilitating or hindering treatment effectiveness as it pertains to identifying target behavior, selecting treatment techniques, and identifying treatment goals and prognosis criteria is analyzed. Illustrative case studies and research findings are included. (Contains 51 references.) (Author/JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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