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The Handbook of Culture and Psychology$
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David Matsumoto and Hyisung C. Hwang

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190679743

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190679743.001.0001

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Abnormal Psychology and Culture

Abnormal Psychology and Culture

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The Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Junko Tanaka-Matsumi

Oxford University Press

More than a century of research on culture and psychopathology has shown that culture exerts a major influence on the identification, labeling, indigenous meaning, course, and outcome of maladaptive behaviors. The major goal of this chapter is to appraise the current state of knowledge of the relationship between culture and psychopathology. More specifically, this chapter aims to identify the contribution of different conceptual and methodological approaches to investigating the relationship between culture and psychopathology; seek integration of universal and culture specific approaches to cross-cultural psychopathology; and promote the development of linkage studies in the field of cross-cultural psychopathology in the age of globalization. These aims are pursued with a focus on major psychiatric disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders that have generated a large amount of literature from both emic and etic perspectives of psychopathology across cultures.

Keywords:   psychopathology, psychiatric diagnosis, epidemiology, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, somatization, explanatory model, cultural formulation, linkage studies

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