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Cultural Psychiatry

  • John J. Schwab
  • Mary E. Schwab
Part of the Topics in General Psychiatry book series (TGPS)

Abstract

Scientific attempts to understand the relationships between culture and mental illness can be traced to the early decades of the nineteenth century when both psychiatry and anthropology emerged as disciplines. Throughout most of that century, however, early workers in both fields followed separate paths in the pursuit of their specific interests. As a corollary to overriding concerns about a possible increase in mental illness in Western nations resulting from industrialization and sociopolitical turbulence, early psychiatrists also wondered about the existence and extent of mental illness among primitive groups. Meanwhile, anthropologists were interested primarily in the histories of various cultures and the meaning of their beliefs and customs. They presented some descriptive psychological portraits of primitives and other groups.

Keywords

Mental Disorder Mental Illness Mental Life Primitive Group Primitive Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John J. Schwab
    • 1
  • Mary E. Schwab
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.Massachusetts Mental Health CenterBostonUSA

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