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Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2017 Jan;30(1):31-35.

Culture and personality disorder: a focus on Indigenous Australians.

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School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

To examine the validity of concept and diagnosis of personality disorder in transcultural settings using Indigenous Australian people as an example.

RECENT FINDINGS:

There are significant deficits in comparative research on personality disorders across cultures. There is also a dearth of information regarding Indigenous Australians, and cultural applicability and clinical utility of the diagnosis of personality disorder in this group.

SUMMARY:

The concept of culture is generally ignored when making a diagnosis of personality disorder. A valid diagnosis should incorporate what would be considered understandable and adaptive behavior in a person's culture. In Indigenous Australian culture, making diagnosis of a personality disorder is complicated by historical trauma from colonization, disruption of kinship networks, and ongoing effects of poverty and social marginalization.

PMID:
27798485
DOI:
10.1097/YCO.0000000000000293
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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