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Western psychological theories of mental health create an illusion that the tenets (development, personality, psychopathology, psycho-evaluation, and therapy) they encompass are universal in nature. Asians, Africans, and South Americans (collective societies), however, differ substantially along these domains from Europeans and North Americans(More)
  • M Dwairy
  • Cultural diversity and mental health
  • 1997
In comparison to families in Western society, the traditional Arabic family plays a relatively greater role in providing support for adult progeny. This serves to condition adult offspring to continue to comply with the will and values of the family. Therefore, in exchange for familial support, Arabic individuals learn to repress authentic needs and(More)
For centuries western cultures have adopted a dualistic perspective toward people's health. The "self" has emerged as an independent entity from others as well from the body. Human distress has been psychologized and depression and anxiety have been attributed to intrapsychic structures and processes. Nevertheless, many nonwestern cultures still adopt(More)
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