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Journal article

Families and mental illness: observations from two developing countries

Authors:
WINTERSTEEN Richard T., et al
Journal article citation:
International Social Work, 40(2), April 1997, pp.191-207.
Publisher:
Sage

Mental illness affects people with the same frequency all over the world, but its consequences have not been greatly studies outside the "developed countries". This article describes the survival strategies, social support and needs of families caring for mentally ill people in Malaysia and Zimbabwe. In both countries the families feel isolated, ill informed and bereft of support, yet their needs are similar to hose of families in "developed" countries. Myths surrounding the role of the extended family as a source of material and moral support are questioned. This research shows how important it is for mental health systems to improve helping networks if families are to remain the primary providers of care in the community.

Book

Mental health services in the global village

Editors:
APPLEBY Louis, ARAYA Ricardo
Publisher:
Gaskell
Publication year:
1991
Pagination:
231p.,tables,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

Comparative study of mental health services in 16 countries from both the developed and the developing world. Contains sections on countries from: Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South and Central America.

Book

Beyond racial divides: ethnicities in social work practice

Editors:
DOMINELLI Lena, LORENZ Walter, SOYDAN Haluk
Publisher:
Ashgate
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
310p.,diags.,tables,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

This book examines race and ethnicity in relation to social work theories and practices and acknowledges the complexities in these concepts. Part one looks at: emerging ethnicities as a theoretical framework; a theoretical framework for ethnic sensitivity for social work practice; multicultural organisational development; and inclusive thinking and acting. Part two is on: the social pedagogical model in the multicultural society; the experience of Zimbabwe in using social development as a model of social work practice; and social work education with migrants and refugees in France. Part three examines mainstream social work practice with diverse user groups, including black and minority ethnic older people, children and people with mental health problems. Part four focuses on reclaiming heritages through social work practice and contains chapters on: renewing first nations ways of helping; a Maori social work construct; and appropriateness of social work practice with communities of African origin.

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