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Anxiety Disorders: Among Ethnic Minority Groups
Anxiety disorders: Among ethnic minority groups

According to the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) (American Psychiatric Association, 1994), anxiety disorders involve conditions in which an individual experiences anxiety, fear, apprehension, increased arousal, and avoidance behavior to the extent that it interferes with daily functioning. Although the DSM-IV does include sections on “Specific Culture, Age, and Gender Features” for each anxiety disorder, the information provided is very general (except for the mention of taijin-kyofu-sho, which is discussed later in this chapter). Thus, clinicians are not provided with specific information or resources in the consideration of anxiety symptoms among various cultural groups.

Good and Kleinman (1985) reviewed the cross-cultural literature on anxiety disorders and concluded that ...

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