Tackling two of the most timely and complex areas in mental health-personality disorders and the impact of cultural variables-this book is sure to stir up controversy. Treading on the timeless nature-nuture debate, it suggests that social variables have a dramatic impact on the definition, development, and manifestation of personality disorders.
Table of Contents
General Concepts and Specific Definitions. Historical Perspectives on Personality and Its Disorders. Culture, Personality, and Cultural Relativism: Five Examples. Personalities and Personality Disorders in World Politics. Culture and the Epidemiology of Personality Disorders. Culture in the Etiopathogenesis and Symptomatology of Personality Disorders. Culture in the Diagnosis and Classification of Personality Disorders. Culture and the Depathologization of Personality Disorders. Cultural Aspects in the Treatment of Personality Disorders. Culture in the Management of and Care Delivery Systems to Personality Disorders. Epilogue. References. Indexes.
RENATO D. ALARCON, MD, is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, and Chief, Mental Health Service Line, VA Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Alarcon is the author of more than 150 articles and coauthor of five books and several dozen book chapters. A Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and former president of the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatry, he is coeditor of the standard psychiatric textbook in Latin America and of the three-volume Ibero-American Encyclopedia of Psychiatry. EDWARD F. FOULKS, PhD, MDCM, is Polchow-Sellars Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education, Tulane University School of Medicine. A psychiatrist, anthropologist, and a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, he is coauthor, with S. Klausner, of Eskimo Capitalists: Oil, Politics, and Alcohol, among many publications. He received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. MARK VAKKUR, MD, is a staff psychiatrist at the VA Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and an Assistant Professor at the Emory University School of Medicine, where he is co-coordinator of the human behavior course. He also serves as Site Director in charge of resident and medical school education at the VA Medical Center. A published novelist, he obtained his MD and completed his psychiatry residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.