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Chapter 9: Using Cultural Variables in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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Using Cultural Variables in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Using cultural variables in the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders
Required Versus Encouraged Usage of Cultural Variables in the DSM-5

The American Psychiatric Association (2000) observed that practitioners who are unfamiliar with the impact of cultural variables on the assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders “may incorrectly judge as psychopathology those normal variations in behavior, belief, or experience that are particular to the individual's culture. For example, certain religious practices or beliefs (e.g., hearing or seeing a deceased relative during bereavement) may be misdiagnosed as manifestations of a Psychotic Disorder” (p. xxiv). The new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5, (American Psychiatric Association, 2013) places greater attention on ...

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