The role of stigma and State in the mental health of somalis

Lorin Boynton, Jacob Bentley, J. Carey Jackson, Tresha A. Gibbs

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As the population of the United States becomes more ethnically diverse, clinicians are faced with treating patients from a variety of different cultures with various customs, beliefs, and practices. This case report describes the presentation of a 55-year-old Somali refugee suffering from depression and posttraumatic stress disorder, in the context of his culture. The discussion suggests ways in which clinicians may respond to and work with Somali patients, in order to promote their well-being in a culturally competent manner.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-267
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of psychiatric practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Somali
  • culture
  • depression
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
  • refugee
  • stigma
  • therapeutic relationship
  • trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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