"Folk" criteria for the diagnosis of mental illness in rural Laos: on being insane in sane places.

@article{Westermeyer1979FolkCF,
  title={"Folk" criteria for the diagnosis of mental illness in rural Laos: on being insane in sane places.},
  author={Joseph Westermeyer and Ronald M. Wintrob},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  year={1979},
  volume={136 6},
  pages={
          755-61
        }
}
"Folk" criteria for identifying the mentally ill, as distinguished from folk theories about the causes of mental illness, have been comparatively neglected in cultural psychiatry. The authors describe the criteria by which villagers in Laos labeled 35 subjects as baa (insane). Unprovoked assaultive or destructive behavior, social isolation, self-endangerment due to neglect of personal needs, nonviolent but socially disruptive or inappropriate behavior, and inability to do productive work were… CONTINUE READING