Now in its Fourth Edition, the best-selling Assessing and Treating Culturally Diverse Clients offers effective, practical guidelines in working with culturally diverse clients. Author and clinician Freddy A. Paniagua first summarizes general guidelines that clinicians can apply when assessing, diagnosing, or treating culturally diverse clients, but also addresses clinical work with specific culturally diverse groups such as African American, Hispanic, American Indian, and Asian clients. Two new chapters in this edition deal with the assessment, diagnoses, and treatment of emotional problems experienced by LGBT and older adult clientsfrom these culturally diverse groups.

Using Cultural Variables in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Using cultural variables in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders

Required Versus Encouraged Usage of Cultural Variables in the DSM-5

The American Psychiatric Association (2000) observed that practitioners who are unfamiliar with the impact of cultural variables on the assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders “may incorrectly judge as psychopathology those normal variations in behavior, belief, or experience that are particular to the individual's culture. For example, certain religious practices or beliefs (e.g., hearing or seeing a deceased relative during bereavement) may be misdiagnosed as manifestations of a Psychotic Disorder” (p. xxiv). The new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5, (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) places greater attention on ...

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