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Author(s) Tseng, Wen-Shing
Year 2006
Title From Peculiar Psychiatric Disorders through Culture-bound Syndromes to Culture-related Specific Syndromes
Published in Transcultural Psychiatry; Vol. 43, No. 4
Pages 554–576
DOI 10.1177/1363461506070781
Abstract This article reviews the historical evolution and progress of nosological concepts from exotic psychiatric disorders and culture-bound syndromes to culture-related specific syndromes. Approaches to classification and subgrouping these disorders are disccused and an argument offered for finding a place for culturally unique syndromes in the existing classification system. The characteristics of various syndromes are elaborated and suggestions are made for future research. Finally, emphasis is given to the need to be concerned with the impact of culture on every psychiatric disorder, not only culture-specific syndromes, to promote culturally competent care for every patient.
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