Culture and mental health

An evaluation of Esie performance as a community-based approach to dramatherapy in Cameroon

Authored by: Paul Animbom Ngong

Routledge International Handbook of Dramatherapy

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138829725
eBook ISBN: 9781315728537
Adobe ISBN: 9781317543213


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Cultural practices are generally considered as the manifestation of a culture or subculture. These practices include, but are not limited to, medical treatments, artistic manifestations, religious and spiritual practices or everyday life and patterns of social behaviours or interactions. In the practices, cultural products considered as the tangible or intangible creations of a particular culture are used in the context of a medical treatment of mental illness (Attigui 2012). This latter, viewed as a level of psychological well-being or state of someone functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment, can be combined with an artistic manifestation or aspects of the manifestation to remedy the health conditions of community members. Dramatherapy is one of the artistic manifestations that can be employed in mental health (Reiss et al. 1998).

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