Depression Research and Treatment

Ethnicity and Cultural Issues


Publishing date
15 Sep 2011
Status
Published
Submission deadline
15 Mar 2011

1Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX, USA

2Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, University of South Florida, Florida, USA

3Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey, USA


Ethnicity and Cultural Issues

Description

Recognizing and treating major depression is complicated by the challenge of incorporating ethnicity and cultural factors. While the prevalence of major depression is slightly higher in white patients, evidence suggests that minor depression is more common in minorities. For many reasons, the overall experience of disease burden and treatment barriers is also greater in minority patients. Potential diagnostic disparities frequently translate into differential treatment patterns, with implications for clinical and quality of life outcomes. Appropriate care for minority patients involves a complex interplay of appropriate access to care, illness recognition, health beliefs and a willing to seek treatment, patient-provider dynamics, cultural and family support, and the availability of mental health specialists and informal sources of care. Furthermore, understanding pharmacologic effects across ethnic groups and potential drug interactions is an essential consideration for successful treatment. A deeper exploration of these dimensions will enable healthcare systems, providers, and patient advocates to address the unique needs of minorities with psychological problems.

This special issue is seeking original papers on comparative research, clinical or community level interventions, innovative treatment approaches, and cross-cultural issues pertinent to reducing ethnic disparities while improving care provided to patients with depression. We also solicit review articles on crucial yet previously unexplored topics, along with conceptually based or qualitative studies. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Health beliefs, illness insight, treatment priorities, and the care-seeking process
  • Genetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Financial barriers or other access problems
  • Use of complementary and alternative medicine, informal sources of care
  • Healthcare reform efforts and policy implications for addressing ethnic mental health
  • Medical comorbidities and care coordination
  • Therapeutic alliance, cultural views of clinical power dynamics
  • Patient-centered care and developing self-activated patients
  • Unique issues regarding age, gender, and religious or sexual orientation
  • Treatment retention and medication adherence
  • Stigma, familial or social pressure as barriers to disclosure
  • Specific treatment modalities (e.g., CBT, atypical antipsychotics)

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 195084
  • - Editorial

Ethnicity and Cultural Issues

John E. Zeber | Jodi M. Gonzalez | ... | Alejandro Interian
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 370962
  • - Research Article

Ethnicity and Race Variations in Receipt of Surgery among Veterans with and without Depression

Laurel A. Copeland | John E. Zeber | ... | Valerie A. Lawrence
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 320902
  • - Review Article

Depression among Asian Americans: Review and Recommendations

Zornitsa Kalibatseva | Frederick T. L. Leong
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 564396
  • - Research Article

More Similar than Different? Exploring Cultural Models of Depression among Latino Immigrants in Florida

Dinorah (Dina) Martinez Tyson | Heide Castañeda | ... | Iraida Carrion
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 587984
  • - Research Article

Factors Influencing Depression and Anxiety among Black Sexual Minority Men

Louis F. Graham | Robert E. Aronson | ... | Scott D. Rhodes
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 193742
  • - Research Article

Revisiting Shimoda's “Shuuchaku-Kishitsu” (Statothymia): A Japanese View of Manic-Depressive Patients

Hitoshi Tsuda
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 908536
  • - Research Article

Health-Related Conditions and Depression in Elderly Mexican American and Non-Hispanic White Residents of a United States-Mexico Border County: Moderating Effects of Educational Attainment

David F. Briones | Peter L. Heller | ... | Michael A. Escamilla
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 403602
  • - Research Article

Can Better Mother-Daughter Relations Reduce the Chance of a Suicide Attempt among Latinas?

Luis H. Zayas | Carolina Hausmann-Stabile | Jill Kuhlberg
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2011
  • - Article ID 192186
  • - Research Article

Mental Health Treatment Involvement and Religious Coping among African American, Hispanic, and White Veterans of the Wars of Iraq and Afghanistan

David S. Greenawalt | Jack Y. Tsan | ... | Sandra B. Morissette
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