Somatosphere “In the journals … “: Social Psychiatry

Excerpt from their recent roundup. Read more at  Somatosphere.net

The International Journal of Social Psychiatry has updated its design and layout with its current issue. Mary V. Seaman conducts a selective review on psychosis in immigrants from the Caribbean to Canada. Her results show a very limited knowledge-base on prevalence of psychosis in Afro-Caribbean immigrants to Canada.  Bener & Ghuloum reveal “gender differences in knowledge, attitudes and practices towards mental illness in a sample of Qatari and other Arab expatriates residing in the State of Qatar”. Anarticle from Japan describes results of a 10-year prospective cohort study of mood disorder patients with a focus on social adjustment. An article we found particularly interesting is “Perceived community participation in tsunami recovery efforts and the mental health of tsunami-affected mothers: Findings from a study in rural Sri Lanka”. The authors associate community social resources with reduced risks for mental health problems of tsunami-affected mothers using data from 325 families. Among the online-first articles, results of a study from Germany suggest that migration history is an independent risk factor for depression among females.

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About Constance A. Cummings

Constance A. Cummings, PhD, is Project Director of the non-profit Foundation for Psychocultural Research, which supports and advances interdisciplinary research and scholarship at the intersection of brain, mind, culture, and mental health and illness. She is co-editor (with Carol Worthman, Paul Plotsky, and Dan Schechter) of Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and (with Laurence Kirmayer and Rob Lemelson) the forthcoming Re-Visioning Psychiatry: Cultural Phenomenology, Critical Neuroscience, and Global Mental Health (Cambridge, 2015). She received her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from New York University.

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