Reconsideration of the training of psychiatrists and mental health professionals: helping to make soup.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

For many years, we have known of deficits in our system of training mental health professionals, particularly in recognizing and integrating diversity. Recently, we have begun to understand that our literature must more authentically reflect the experiences of all people that we serve. The current paper suggests that a comprehensive biopsychosocial conceptualization of normal and abnormal behavior for all individuals is necessary to truly begin to reduce mental health disparities. The authors argue that factors such as racial, ethnic and cultural differences must be integrated into research before the literature will begin to change in a fashion that is beneficial to the mental health training process.

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Cited Authors

  • Edwards, CL; Primm, A; Johnson, S; Feliu, M; O'Garo, K; Bennett, GG; Robinson, E; McDougald, C; Byrd, G; Harrison, O; Whitfield, K; Killough, AL

Published Date

  • September 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 98 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1498 - 1500

PubMed ID

  • 17019918

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2569730

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-9684


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States