Sociopolitical, Gender, and Cultural Factors in the Conceptualization and Treatment of Depression among Haitian Women

Guerda Nicolas, Bridget Hirsch, Clelia Beltrame

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Abstract

This chapter describes various social factors in the lives of Haitian women that intersect with the experience of depression. It presents an overview of socio-political influences on the health and well-being of Haitian women, as well as an examination of various healthrelated beliefs and practices that shape the ways in which their physical and emotional problems are understood. The chapter traces the history of Haitian culture with a particular emphasis on the roles of women in social and political movements. Gender emerges as a complex and evolving variable in the lives of Haitians, especially within the context of women's participation in grassroots organizations and the movement toward democratization. Besides tracing the history and impact of social movements in Haiti, the chapter also uses the Multicultural Competency Model to demonstrate the association between culture and depression for Haitian women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSilencing the Self Across Cultures
Subtitle of host publicationDepression and Gender in the Social World
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199776900
ISBN (Print)9780195398090
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Cultural healing rituals
  • Depression
  • Grassroots movements
  • Haitian women
  • Multicultural competency model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Nicolas, G., Hirsch, B., & Beltrame, C. (2010). Sociopolitical, Gender, and Cultural Factors in the Conceptualization and Treatment of Depression among Haitian Women. In Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398090.003.0015