The Immigrant as Mentally Ill: A Socio-Cultural Basis for Differential Diagnosis

  • Avner Elizur
  • Samuel Cooper


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.


Cultural Setting Paranoid Schizophrenia Israeli Society Agricultural Settlement Border Town 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Avner Elizur
    • 1
  • Samuel Cooper
    • 2
  1. 1.Shalvata Mental Health Center, Sackler School of MedicineTel Aviv UniversityRamat AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Bar Ilan UniversityRamat GanIsrael

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