Community Attitudes Towards Culture-Influenced Mental illness: Scrupulosity vs. Nonreligious
One important article that focuses on mental illness and culture is the article Community Attitudes Towards Culture-Influenced Mental illness: Scrupulosity vs. Nonreligious OCD among Orthodox Jews that was found through the Walden library (Pirutinskiy, Rosmarin, & Parament, 2009). The article focuses on how culture can influence a community’s attitude towards mental illness (Pirutinskiy, Rosmarin, & Parament, 2009). One specific culture the article focuses on is the Orthodox Jewish Community who has OCD (Pirutinskiy, Rosmarin, & Parament, 2009). This article also addresses how Orthodox Jews see their up bring through their culture as casual to their development involving their routines, rituals, and religions (Pirutinskiy, Rosmarin, & Parament, 2009). This then does not affect them as much as those who are from a different
culture who are not brought up the same way and this would then affect them through the acculturation process (Pirutinskiy, Rosmarin, & Parament, 2009)
It’s important that social workers take in consideration in using the cultural formulation interview to apply cultural competence skills in working with the cultures such as the Orthodox Jews. A cultural formulation interview will focus on a framework that assess for an individual’s cultural features, mental health, and these relate to the individuals social and cultural context and history (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).
The scholar will use the cultural formulation interview to assess and apply competence skills to each client’s case. The scholar would first asses the client with four categories that are included in a cultural formulation interview (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). The scholar would first have the client describe their cultural identity such as their as their race, ethnic, or cultural influences (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Then continue to follow the assessment with the other three categories.
Then the scholar would use a set of 16 questions cultural formulation interview to obtain information of the clients mental health and by using this assessment it will identify the clients culture and how it has impacted the clients clinical presentations and care (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).Through this assessment it will assist the social worker and client in understanding how culture affects the individual.
Acculturation can affect each cultural client different involving their psychological and sociocultural aspects. Acculturation occurs and affects the individual’s psychological change when two cultures have contact involving cultural groups or cultural members (Berry, n.d.). An individuals experiencing acculturation can also experience behavioral repertoire due to the acculturation (Berry, n.d.). This can then influence long-term psychological and socioculutral challenges such as sociocultural adoptions and migration (Berry, n.d.).
The scholar would talk with each individual on how acculturation affects them and then assist these clients in understanding acculturation and setting up goals to help cope with or work through their challenges of acculturation