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Depression in Cultural Context: “Chinese Somatization,” Revisited


Depression in Cultural Context: “Chinese Somatization,” Revisited

Ryder, Andrew G. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3041-7168 and Chentsova-Dutton, Yulia E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2974-0550 (2012) Depression in Cultural Context: “Chinese Somatization,” Revisited. Psychiatric Clinics of North America . pp. 15-36. ISSN 0193-953X

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We believe that the application of a culture–mind– brain perspective to Chinese somatization opens up new possibilities for the study of longstanding questions in cultural psychiatry. There is the potential here to break down the false dichotomy between personal experience and public expression of symptoms. For anthropologists and cultural psychiatrists, who have long argued that the social world does indeed deeply shape personal experience, we suggest specific mechanisms by which this shaping might take place. That said, much of the supportive evidence is indirect. Although the processes and mechanisms we describe are plausible, and grounded in research, we await studies that apply our proposed approach to specific questions. A move toward the multimethod and interdisciplinary work required to systematically pursue culture and mental health research in this way
is the necessary next step.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Article
Authors:Ryder, Andrew G. and Chentsova-Dutton, Yulia E.
Journal or Publication:Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Date:March 2012
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research to the A.G.R.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1016/j.psc.2011.11.006
Keywords:culture, hikikomori, personality disorder, social context, socioeconomic status
ID Code:988448
Deposited By: Lisa Stora
Deposited On:03 Jun 2021 21:06
Last Modified:03 Jun 2021 21:06
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