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Acta Psychiatr Scand Suppl. 1994;385:48-57; discussion 58-60.

Anthropology and psychiatric epidemiology.

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Harvard Medical School, Department of Epidemiology Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.


Psychiatric epidemiologic research has been criticized by anthropologists for ignoring cultural variation in the definitions of psychiatric disorders. While recognizing the importance of this issue, it is suggested here that a considerable amount of ethnographic evidence indicates that many types of comparative effort can be carried out without cultural injustice. It is also urged that anthropologists provide a system for classifying cultures so as to foster an understanding of the ways in which shared beliefs and meanings can influence psychiatric illness. Categorizing populations as Western versus Non-Western or Developed versus Developing is inadequate as a basis for studying the cultural context of psychiatric illness in different parts of the world.

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