The Work of Culture in the Treatment of Psychosis in Migrant Adolescents
Référence bibliographique 
Rousseau, Cécile, Key, Fiona et Measham, Toby. 2005. «The Work of Culture in the Treatment of Psychosis in Migrant Adolescents ». Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, vol. 10, no 3, p. 305-317.
Intentions : « The objective of this article is to present a clinical approach that takes into account the work of culture in the construction of meaning and the development of coping strategies for migrant families faced with the onset of psychosis in an adolescent. » (p. 306)
Échantillon/Matériau : Cinq cas cliniques
Instruments : Histoire de cas
Type de traitement des données : Analyse de contenu
« Psychotic illness in an adolescent is a catastrophic event for families, particularly migrant families, who tend to use mental health services less than mainstream families. This article presents a clinical approach that takes into account the work of culture in the construction of meaning and the development of coping strategies for migrant families faced with the onset of psychosis in an adolescent. This approach transforms the therapeutic space into a transitional one that allows the interplay of many different interpretations and strategies to deal with the crisis. Recognizing the potential value of non-western systems of knowledge, offering help as the family grieves the loss of its expectations for their child, mobilizing support systems, and strengthening the therapeutic alliance are the key elements in this process. [...] We first describe briefly the setting of the medical intervention. We then present clinical cases of adolescents with brief reactive psychosis, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, focusing on the role of cultural signifiers in the different situations. Finally, we discuss the potential usefulness and the possible pitfalls of a transcultural approach to psychosis in adolescents. » (p. 305-307)