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This article is a descriptive, person-centered ethnographic account of how villagers on a remote, small Indonesian island responded to and interpreted the behavior of a young man they labeled insane. Many local efforts to diagnose the illness, strategies for treatment and the prognosis for...
A qualitative analysis of material from a number of field trips to Peru and Colombia shows the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to be culture related. When a local community consists of collective, functional units, as in some Peruvian villages, people have a tendency to not...
Despite widespread political support for recognizing and addressing the special mental health needs of culturally and linguistically distinct communities, relatively little has been documented about the specific needs of these groups. State government units, community organizations and services...
Numerous descriptive accounts suggest that Soviet society and child-rearing practices encourage more psychological dependency than do western practices. The present study attempted to test this hypothesis. Participants were 560 university students (250 females and 310 males) who immigrated to...
Lay concepts of ‘mental disorder’ were investigated in three countries (U.S.A., Romania and Brazil). Participants judged whether a sample of conditions – some falling inside and some outside the borders defined by DSM-IV – were mental disorders, and rated them on features invoked in...
The cross-cultural relevance of alexithymia, a psychological construct related to emotional expressiveness, is explored through construct validation using the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and two theoretically related concepts – patient self-disclosure (SD) and private...
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