The Immigrant as Mentally Ill: A Socio-Cultural Basis for Differential Diagnosis
It is understandable that any process of change could put stress on the individual up to the generation of mental disorders. Immigrations, especially rapid immigration from one cultural setting to another, can be conceived as a major source of psycho-social stress and part of the genesis of some types of mental illness. As a country composed to a large extent of immigrants and their children from about 80 different cultural settings, Israel is a place where such stress is easily recognisable, providing practitioners are willing to make the effort to look twice.
KeywordsCultural Setting Paranoid Schizophrenia Israeli Society Agricultural Settlement Border Town
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