Cultural considerations in child and adolescent psychiatric emergencies and crises

Andres J. Pumariega, M.D. and Eugenio Rothe, M.D.

The United States is a country of immigrants.  With the exception of the Native Americans, every other American is, or descends from, an immigrant.  First- and second-generation immigrant children are the most rapidly growing segment of the American population.  The future of American society is ultimately related to the adaptation of these children.  Addressing psychiatric emergencies in these populations requires attention to their cultural differences and needs.

This article contains several case reports concerning this population of children and the discussion of the cases.  It may be read in its entirety in the journal, Child Adolesc Psychiatric Clin N Am 12 (2003) on pages 723 to 744.


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