The main objective of this volume has been to introduce works in social psychiatry across cultures. We believe this objective to be a useful one, both for the field and for the people who may benefit tangibly from cultural research. Pluralism in a discipline is one way for new insights to be born. Furthermore, in the realm of prevention and intervention, where direct returns from research investments can be most clearly seen, protocols must be culturally specific in order for people to understand and accept them. The recent halt in Phase III HIV vaccine clinical trials in the United States (Cohen, 1994) serves to remind us that successful research efforts require community acceptance and support, both in terms of outcome and design.
KeywordsMental Health Mental Illness American Psychiatric Association Epidemiologic Catchment Area Social Psychiatry
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