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Title: Mental health in Asia: Social improvements and challenges
Authors: Tseng, W.-S.
Ebata, K.
Kim, K.-I.
Krahl, W.
Kua, E.E.H. 
Lu, Q.
Shen, Y.
Tan, E.-S.
Yang, M.-J.
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: Tseng, W.-S., Ebata, K., Kim, K.-I., Krahl, W., Kua, E.E.H., Lu, Q., Shen, Y., Tan, E.-S., Yang, M.-J. (2001). Mental health in Asia: Social improvements and challenges. International Journal of Social Psychiatry 47 (1) : 8-23. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Remarkable improvements in economic conditions and a considerable upgrade in the quality of life have been observed in many parts of Asia during the past several decades. At the same time, many mental health challenges face the people of Asia. Various social mental health indexes are reviewed here, with available data from China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and other Asian societies. The data are compared with data from the United States, Australia in the Pacific Rim, and some other Western countries to examine patterns of similarity or difference between East and West in the process of modernization. Common trends in mental health issues associated with rapid sociocultural change observed in different Asian societies are discussed, as well as the relative shortage of mental health personnel available in many Asian societies. It is emphasized that, in addition to expanding psychiatric services, there is an even more urgent need to promote mental health knowledge and concern through education in the general population. Mental health needs to be cultivated and maintained by social forces and cultural strengths. It is stressed that there is a challenge for Asian people to advance mental health beyond economic development in the 21st century.
Source Title: International Journal of Social Psychiatry
ISSN: 00207640
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