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Although words describing depression may not exist across all cultures, the symptoms of depression do. In a study of the Arab community in Dubai, we conducted four focus groups, two each with males and females, to identify the terms and descriptions people use for depression, what symptoms they...
Culturally appropriate terms are more likely to enable clinicians to identify psychiatric conditions and psychological distress. Although Arabic translations of depression inventories exist, their sensitivity in Arabicspeaking communities may be limited. We set out to identify terms and phrases...
This article reports the results of a descriptive study conducted in Brisbane, the administrative capital of Queensland, Australia. Between December 1996 and July 1997, 139 Thai women completed a structured questionnaire to collect information on their general physical and psychological health,...
Researchers of ‘amuk’ behavior in Southeast Asia have normally adopted either a psychiatric or ethno-behavioral position, both of which impose an outside theoretical model. An ethnopsychological view of (ng)amuk in Java reveals it to be a poetic idiom of distress, reflecting cultural...
Ninety-two Bedouin-Arab women were interviewed using a semi-structured open-ended questionnaire. The subjects were divided into two groups: (1) senior wives in polygamous marriages ( N = 53); and (2) wives in monogamous marriages ( N = 39). The data revealed that, in general, women from both...
Delusion of pregnancy is an uncommon symptom that has been reported in both male and female patients who suffer from a variety of organic and functional psychiatric disorders. This study describes seven Saudi females who developed this symptom during the course of chronic schizophrenia ( n = 5)...
The use of traditional healing and traditional healers among ethnic minority psychiatric patients remains little explored in the U.K. Using qualitative and quantitative methodology, this article examines the use of traditional healing among 25 South Asian psychiatric patients in the London...
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