The Effects of Culture and Stigma on Mental Health

Authored by: Deena A. Nardi , Roberta Waite , Edilma L. Yearwood

Routledge Handbook of Global Mental Health Nursing

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138017610
eBook ISBN: 9781315780344
Adobe ISBN: 9781317702221


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This chapter uses an ecological model of the social determinants of health to present the implications of culture and stigma on the mental health of populations and associated recommended treatments. This model illustrates the interrelationships of diverse determinants of health and well-being and their impact on individuals, populations, and societies (Guy, 2007). Stigma and its role in preventing timely, effective treatment of mental health disorders are examined. In addition, resources are identified that can inform and support the cultural competencies of nurse providers of psychiatric mental health care in regional, national, and global arenas.

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