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Common mental health problems in immigrants and refugees: general approach in primary care
Systematic inquiry into patients’ migration trajectory and subsequent follow-up on culturally appropriate indicators of social, vocational and family functioning over time will allow clinicians to recognize problems in adaptation and undertake mental health promotion, disease prevention or treatment interventions in a timely way. Expand
Healing Traditions: Culture, Community and Mental Health Promotion with Canadian Aboriginal Peoples
Objective: To identify issues and concepts to guide the development of culturally appropriate mental health promotion strategies with Aboriginal populations and communities in Canada. Methods: WeExpand
Rethinking cultural competence
  • L. Kirmayer
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Transcultural psychiatry
  • 1 April 2012
This issue of Transcultural Psychiatry presents papers from the McGill Advanced study Institute in Cultural Psychiatry on ‘‘Rethinking Cultural Competence from International Perspectives,’’ which was held in Montreal, April 27 and 28, 2010, and shows how conceptual analysis and critique of cultural competence can point toward ways to improve the cultural responsiveness, appropriateness and effectiveness of clinical services, and in doing so contribute to reducing health disparities. Expand
The Mental Health of Aboriginal Peoples: Transformations of Identity and Community
Evidence for the social origins of mental health problems and the ongoing responses of individuals and communities to the legacy of colonization are summarized and illustrated. Expand
Cultural variations in the clinical presentation of depression and anxiety: implications for diagnosis and treatment.
  • L. Kirmayer
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Journal of clinical psychiatry
  • 1 November 2001
Cultural variations in the clinical presentation of depression and anxiety may lead to underrecognition or misidentification of psychological distress, and Clinicians must learn to decode the meaning of somatic and dissociative symptoms. Expand
Rethinking Resilience from Indigenous Perspectives
Observations from an ongoing collaborative project on resilience in Inuit, Métis, Mi'kmaq, and Mohawk communities are reported that suggest the value of incorporating indigenous constructs in resilience research. Expand
Attributions of common somatic symptoms.
The reliability and validity of a measure of attributional style, the Symptom Interpretation Questionnaire (SIQ), and three dimensions of causal attribution were confirmed: psychological, somatic and normalizing. Expand
Community Resilience: Models, Metaphors and Measures
In this paper, we discuss the importance of community resilience for Aboriginal health and well-being. The concept of resilience has been used in developmental psychology and psychiatry to describeExpand
Evidence-based clinical guidelines for immigrants and refugees
(see Appendix 2, available at [www.cmaj.ca/lookup/suppl/doi:10.1503/cmaj.090313/-/DC1][1] for summary of recommendations and clinical considerations) There are more than 200 millionExpand
Hypochondriacal concerns in a community population
Illness worry was an independent factor contributing to increased levels of distress, health care utilization, and disability, even when medical status was controlled, suggesting that it is an important issue for further research. Expand