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Cultural Models of Normalcy and Deviancy


Cultural Models of Normalcy and Deviancy

Chentsova-Dutton, Yulia E ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2974-0550 and Ryder, Andrew G. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3041-7168 (2020) Cultural Models of Normalcy and Deviancy. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 23 (2). pp. 187-204. ISSN 1467-839X

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In this article, we argue that the cultural models approach provides a useful framework for cultural–clinical psychology. We begin with a brief review of this approach before presenting the distinction between cultural models for normalcy and deviancy. As well, we consider how both normalcy and deviancy can be culturally valorised or devalorised. Given that mental disorders do not always neatly fit with available cultural models, we offer evidence-based examples of unscripted as well as scripted distress. We conclude by considering key hypothesis–generating questions and some methodological approaches that could be used to improve and extend the evidence base underpinning the cultural models approach as applied to the study of culture and
mental health.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Authors:Chentsova-Dutton, Yulia E and Ryder, Andrew G.
Journal or Publication:Asian Journal of Social Psychology
Date:12 January 2020
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1111/ajsp.12413
Keywords:cultural-clinical psychology, cultural models, cultural scripts, culture, distress, mental health.
ID Code:987940
Deposited By: Lisa Stora
Deposited On:11 Feb 2021 20:01
Last Modified:01 Jun 2021 01:00
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