Panic disorder cases in Japanese-Brazilians in Japan: Their ethnic and cultural confusion

Panic disorder cases in Japanese-Brazilians in Japan: Their ethnic and cultural confusion

Autor Tsuji, K. Google Scholar
Miyasaka, Lincoln Sakiara Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Otsuka, K. Google Scholar
Honda, G. Google Scholar
Kato, S. Google Scholar
Abe, Y. Google Scholar
Instituição Dokkyo Univ
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Jichi Med Sch
Juntendo Univ
Resumo The comparatively high salaries made in Japan are attractive to many Japanese-Brazilians. the number of individuals from this ethnic group being treated in Japanese mental hospitals has increased. We hypothesized that Japanese-Brazilian patients with panic disorders adjusted better to Japanese society and culture than those with other mental disorders. the subjects in the present study are 40 Japanese-Brazilian patients undergoing treatment at the Department of Psychiatry at Jichi Medical School, Japan, from May 1990 to September 1998. Patients were divided into a panic disorder group, a schizophrenic group, a mood disorder group and a neurosis group. Demographic data (Japanese language ability, duration of residence in Japan etc.) were collected. A comparison was made among the four groups. Patients in the panic disorder group showed a significant tendency to be fluent speakers of Japanese. Patients in the panic disorder group also had been in Japan for a significantly longer period of time than those in the other three groups. Japanese ability and length of residence in Japan rule out exacerbating factors due to a foreign living environment. Panic disorder patients usually have resolved the problems inherent in living and working in a foreign country. in general, Japanese-Brazilians are more comfortable both financially and socially in Japan than other foreign laborers because of their cultural and family background. the emotional conflict experienced by such patients may result from concern over whether to live in Brazil or Japan in the future. Their ethnic and cultural identity may be confused, fluctuating between identifying with Brazil and with Japan, and this may cause vague feelings of anxiety.
Palavra-chave acculturation
emigration and immigration
life change events
panic disorder
Idioma Inglês
Data de publicação 2001-04-01
Publicado em Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. Carlton: Blackwell Science Asia, v. 55, n. 2, p. 127-130, 2001.
ISSN 1323-1316 (Sherpa/Romeo, fator de impacto)
Publicador Blackwell Science Asia
Extensão 127-130
Direito de acesso Acesso aberto Open Access
Tipo Artigo
Web of Science WOS:000168544800009
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