Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 190–191 | Cite as

Educating Residents on Diagnosing Personality Disorders Across Cultures

  • Suni JaniEmail author
  • R. Scott Johnson
Feature: Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

Although the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) criteria for personality disorders and routine therapeutic and medical management are a cornerstone of educating residents about personality disorders, the cultural manifestations of these disorders are not discussed in training. A cultural formulation for diagnosis works under the assumption that psychiatric illnesses represent social constructs as well as genuine medical conditions—a situation that often comes to light when diagnosing personality disorders [1]. Incorporating cultural psychiatry into residency education through didactics and clinical exposure allows for improved identification and diagnosis of personality disorders in diverse cultural contexts.

Acculturative clashes and changes may create acculturative tension in individuals, and depending on their personality traits, they may affect important outcomes such as health risk behaviors, vocational interests, job...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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