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Culture And Common Mental Disorders In Sub-Saharan Africa : Maudsley - Vickram Patel

Culture And Common Mental Disorders In Sub-Saharan Africa

Maudsley

Hardcover Published: 30th March 1998
ISBN: 9780863775307
Number Of Pages: 148

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The influence of culture on mental illness has been the subject of considerable academic investigation and debate in recent years. This debate has provoked concerns about the validity and reliability of older methodologies which emphasized either universal characteristics of disorders which were heavily biased towards Euro-American systems, or the culturally relativist approach which saw psychological disorders as products largely of their own culture. The "new" cross-cultural psychiatry proposed that the integration of ethnographic and epidemiological techniques be required to enable a culture sensitive psychiatric model to emerge.
This monograph describes a series of research studies conducted in primary care in Harare, Zimbabwe, focusing on the most frequent of all psychological disorders, Common Mental Disorders (CMD). The four consecutive studies are unique in several respects, most notably, the involvement of both biomedical and traditional health care providers at all stages, the development of an indigenous measure of CMD for use in epidemiological investigations, the examination of the relationship between local and biomedical models of psychological disorder and the sociodemographic and economic risk factors for CMD. The experiences and findings of these studies provide new directions in our understanding of the contribution of culture to the presentation, assessment, classification and risk factors for CMD in primary care in an urban African setting. The methodology used also sets out a model for epidemiological research in other areas of mental health in different cultural settings.

Introduction
The ""New"" Cross-cultural Psychiatry
Common Mental Disorders (CMD)
Culture and Common Mental Disorders
Assessment of Mental Disorders Across Cultures
Epidemiology of Mental Illness in Sub-Saharan Africa
Explanatory Models of Mental Illness in Sub-Saharan Africa
The Study Setting
Medical Pluralism in Zimbabwe
The Studies
Objectives
The Ethnographic Study
The Phenomenology Study
The Shona Symptom Questionnaire Study
The Case-Control Study
Results of the St
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ISBN: 9780863775307
ISBN-10: 0863775306
Series: Maudsley
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 30th March 1998
Publisher: LAWRENCE ERLBAUM ASSOC INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 16.15  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1