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(p. 115) Racial–Ethnic Cultural Factors in the Process of Acceptance of Mental Illness 

(p. 115) Racial–Ethnic Cultural Factors in the Process of Acceptance of Mental Illness
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(p. 115) Racial–Ethnic Cultural Factors in the Process of Acceptance of Mental Illness
Author(s):

Lauren Mizock

and Zlatka Russinova

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190204273.003.0008
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date: 17 November 2017

This chapter examines barriers and facilitators to the acceptance process that stem from the norms, values, beliefs, and practices found within various racial and ethnic groups. To illustrate this, five case narratives are provided, representing participants from various racial and ethnic backgrounds. The chapter emphasizes that although barriers may be found across a range of racial and ethnic cultural backgrounds, people with serious mental illness can be supported in drawing from their respective cultures of origin to locate various resources and actions that reinforce a positive sense of self in accepting and dealing with the experience of mental illness. Culturally responsive rehabilitation interventions can help individuals overcome cultural stigma and other barriers to reach an acceptance of their mental illness. A clinical strategies list, discussion questions, activities, the “Cultural Self-Awareness Worksheet,” and an explanatory table are also included.

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