39 Annual SSPC: What does culture mean? ... [ Zurück ]

19.04. - 21.04.2018
Tagungen Europa & Welt

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Call for Papers for 39th Annual Meeting  April 19-21, 2018 San Diego, California Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice University of San Diego  Abstract submission deadline: September 27, 2017 Click here for Abstract Submission Form   What does “culture” mean? Evolving definitions in mental health service, training, and research

The concept of culture has continued to evolve in mental health research and practice, in parallel with critiques of group-based definitions of culture in anthropology and other social sciences. Culture is often reduced to a principal group identity, usually an aspect of the person’s national or racial/ethnic background. In contrast, current definitions of culture in mental health – such as the one presented in the DSM-5 – conceptualize culture as processual, constituting a process of meaning-making that is under the influence of multiple collective influences that combine to constitute a person’s identity. These influences arise from diverse origins, including gender identity, sexual orientation, language, religion and spirituality, occupation, avocation, age, class, national and regional origin, and racialized and/or ethnic identity. Necessarily, every person’s “culture” is a kaleidoscopic mix of these influences, as they become more or less prominent at any given moment, in the presence of some interlocutors and not others, and in relation to what is at stake for the person at the time. This annual meeting critically explores the implicit (or explicit) definitions of culture that are being used in current mental health research and practice. To what extent are process-based definitions of culture replacing or coexisting alongside more static group background-based definitions? For example, is culture conceptualized uniformly in key components of DSM-5, such as in the Cultural Formulation Interview and the Culture-Related Diagnostic Issues sections of each disorder? How does serious engagement with process-based definitions affect our established practices, such as the usual medical identification of the patient on the basis of age, gender, and race/ethnicity (e.g. “23 year-old black female”)? How does the global spread of mental health interventions potentially perpetuate simplistic notions of culture, to the potential detriment of programs? What role does the family play in creating/recreating these cultural influences? Does it make sense anymore to speak of a person’s “culture” in the singular? For additional information, please visit the Annual Meeting page: www.psychiatryandculture.org If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Kaiser, Chair of the Program Committee, at <bonnienicolekaiser[at]@gmail.com> or Liz Kramer, Executive Director, at <ekramer931[at]gmail.com>