A sociocultural study of koro epidemics in Guangdong, China.

@article{Tseng1988ASS,
  title={A sociocultural study of koro epidemics in Guangdong, China.},
  author={Wen Shing Tseng and Klaus Mo and Jeffrey C Hsu and Liang Li and Liu Ou and Guao Qian Chen and Dongming Jiang},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  year={1988},
  volume={145 12},
  pages={
          1538-43
        }
}
Koro, a culture-related psychiatric disorder characterized by panic due to fear of genital retraction, occurred as the rare phenomenon of koro epidemics in a remote region of Guangdong, China, in 1984-1985 and 1987. The sociocultural and historical backgrounds of the area are described. The life pattern and attitudes toward supernatural beings and the commonly shared folk belief of evil-induced genital retraction were considered grounds for the panic, while the community's anxious reaction and… CONTINUE READING
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