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Comments on DI NICOLA'S Family Therapy and Transcultural Psychiatry: Parts 1 and 2 (TPRR, XXII, Nos. 2 and 3, pp. 81-113 and 151-180), by CELIA JAES FALICOV, San Diego Family Institute and Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093, U. S. A

Comments on DI NICOLA'S Family Therapy and Transcultural Psychiatry: Parts 1 and 2 (TPRR, XXII, Nos. 2 and 3, pp. 81-113 and 151-180), by CELIA JAES FALICOV, San Diego Family Institute and Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093, U. S. A

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News and ViewsComments on DI NICOLA'S Family Therapy and Transcultural Psychiatry: Parts 1 and 2 (TPRR, XXII, Nos. 2 and 3, pp. 81-113 and 151-180), by CELIA JAES FALICOV, San Diego Family Institute and Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093, U. S. A SAGE Publications, Inc.1986DOI: 10.1177/136346158602300218 "... From the perspective of transcultural psychiatry, DiNicola's proposal could be interpreted in two ways. On the one (most conservative) side, it may mean that transcultural psychiatry could incorporate a new perspective focused on the cross-cultural study of family health and dysfunction. In fact, it is within the nature of modern psychiatry to be open to new approaches. DiNicola mentions, for instance, how psychiatry has incorporated behavioral therapies without really changing its individual, medical orientation. On the other (and more revolutionary) side his proposal requires an epistemological shift from an individual, mostly dynamic and linear epistemology to a transactional, systemic and circular epistemology. If that is the case, as I believe DiNicola intends, transcultural psychiatry would be faced with a second-order change that would amount to a veritable scientific revolution. The adoption of a family centered model can certainly open multiple relevant avenues for
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