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Cultural Influences and Psychosis
Cultural influences and psychosis

There has been little research devoted to the study of cultural influences on the expression of psychosis. This is unfortunate for several reasons. First, an understanding and appreciation of the culture from which a young person and his or her family come can help the clinician during both the assessment and the treatment of a youth in a variety of different ways. For example, in a youngster in whom a psychotic disorder is suspected, cultural influences can affect how psychiatric symptomatology may be expressed. In addition, culture can affect how families communicate and interact with mental health professionals.

An appreciation of the culture from which a youth comes is also important because there are culture-specific syndromes that can present ...

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