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By Malcolm MacLachlan

Such a lot Western overall healthiness pros perform in multicultural societies. The effect of tradition on affliction, well-being and rehabilitation is for this reason extremely important. regardless of this, so much reduce point healthiness psychology texts skim over those variations and suppose our conventional biomedical technique could be applicable for all. during this thoroughly revised and up-to-date version of a groundbreaking publication, Malcolm MacLachlan redresses the stability by means of displaying how social and cultural points engage with the in basic terms actual: from overview and remedy throughout to results on rehabilitation.

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This disadvantage extends from the preference for male children (and reported infanticide of baby girls) to the greater burden on mothers to care and provide for the family, and these responsibilities and pressures perhaps account for the much higher incidence of mental health problems among women than among men. Challenging such inequalities often means challenging the traditions that underpin the culture. Often it will not be possible to be sensitive to both conservation of culture and liberation of women from oppression and subjugation.

The reaction to acculturation is, however, not easily predictable and family members may have vastly different acculturative experiences. 30 CULTURE AND HEALTH One feature of encountering a different culture may be having to understand a different perspective on the factors responsible for health and illness. Within most western societies the biomedical model predominates, which attributes health and illness to changes in our biochemical and physiological substrate, changes that often occur at such a microscopic level that belief in them is, for most people, an act of faith.

As we have already seen culture and the biosphere are linked in that certain behaviours and social structures are appropriate to certain environments, but not to others. The model thus emphasises that lifestyles and community customs need to be understood in a broader context. Clearly American and Nigerian values may differ because they are an expression of cultures that have adapted to different environments. Instead of taking the context of an individual’s behaviour into account, we often attribute the cause of it solely and directly to the individual in question.

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