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Somatization vs. psychologization of emotional distress: A paradigmatic example for cultural psychopathology

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Somatization vs. psychologization of emotional distress: A paradigmatic example for cultural psychopathology

Ryder, Andrew G. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3041-7168, Yang, Jian and Heine, Steven J. (2002) Somatization vs. psychologization of emotional distress: A paradigmatic example for cultural psychopathology. Online Readings in Psychology and Culture, 10 (2). ISSN 2307-0919

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Abstract

This paper describes the developing area of cultural psychopathology, an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on the ways in which cultural factors contribute to the experience and expression of psychological distress. We begin by outlining two approaches, often competing, in order to provide a background to some of the issues that complicate the field. The main section of the paper is devoted to a discussion of depression in Chinese culture as an example of the types of questions that can be studied. Here, we start with a review of the epidemiological literature, suggesting low rates of depression in China, and move to the most commonly cited explanation, namely that Chinese individuals with depression present this distress in a physical way. Different explanations of this phenomenon, known as somatization, are explored and reconceptualized according to an increasingly important model for cross-cultural psychologists: the cultural constitution of the self. We close by discussing some of the contributions, both theoretical and methodological, that can be made by cross-cultural psychologists to researchers in cultural psychopathology.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Authors:Ryder, Andrew G. and Yang, Jian and Heine, Steven J.
Journal or Publication:Online Readings in Psychology and Culture
Date:1 August 2002
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.9707/2307-0919.1080
ID Code:986753
Deposited By: EVELYNE DUSSAULT
Deposited On:07 May 2020 14:23
Last Modified:07 May 2020 14:23
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Ryder, A. G., Yang, J., & Heine, S. J. (2002). Somatization vs. psychologization of emotional distress: A paradigmatic example for cultural psychopathology. Online Readings in Psychology and
Culture, 10(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.9707/2307-0919.1080
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