A Culture-Bound Syndrome ‘Amafufunyana’ and a Culture-Specific Event ‘Ukuthwasa’: Differentiated by a Family History of Schizophrenia and other Psychiatric Disorders

@article{Niehaus2004ACS,
  title={A Culture-Bound Syndrome ‘Amafufunyana’ and a Culture-Specific Event ‘Ukuthwasa’: Differentiated by a Family History of Schizophrenia and other Psychiatric Disorders},
  author={D. Niehaus and P. Oosthuizen and C. Lochner and R. Emsley and E. Jordaan and N. I. Mbanga and N. Keyter and C. Laurent and J. Deleuze and D. Stein},
  journal={Psychopathology},
  year={2004},
  volume={37},
  pages={59 - 63}
}
Background: ‘Amafufunyana’ and ‘ukuthwasa’ are two culture-specific descriptive terms used by Xhosa traditional healers to explain aberrant behavioral and psychological phenomena. Some overlap between these conditions and schizophrenia (DSM-IV) is apparent. The aim of this study was to determine the extent to which amafufunyana and ukuthwasa were used as cultural explanatory models by traditional healers for DSM-IV-defined schizophrenia and whether there were significant phenomenological… Expand
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