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Rev Med Suisse. 2005 Nov 30;1(43):2818-21.

[Effect of religious culture on obsessive compulsive disorder symptomatology. A transcultural study in monotheistic religions].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Centre de neuro-géronto-psychologie clinique, HUG, Belle-Idée, 1225 Chêne-Bourg. Fabienne.deBilbao@hcuge.ch


Effect of religious culture on obsessive Cultural factors may influence the nature of obsessions and compulsions associated with the obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The aim of this review is to evaluate the effect of religious upbringing on OCD symptoms. In fact, a variety of symptoms related to religious thoughts are more prevalent in clinical populations from countries in which religion is at the central core of the society, particularly in Muslim and Jewish Middle Eastern cultures, as compared with clinical populations from the West. These findings suggest that clinicians should be sensitive to the fact that religious obsessions may be more prevalent in certain cultures with which they may not be well acquainted.

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