Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Bali: The Cultural Shaping of a Neuropsychiatric Disorder

  title={Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Bali: The Cultural Shaping of a Neuropsychiatric Disorder},
  author={Robert Bush Lemelson},
  journal={Transcultural Psychiatry},
  pages={377 - 408}
  • R. Lemelson
  • Published 1 September 2003
  • Psychology
  • Transcultural Psychiatry
Many psychiatric researchers believe that the clinical picture of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) shows little variability cross-culturally. This study examined the symptomatology and illness experience of 19 patients suffering from OCD in Bali, Indonesia. Patients were assessed using a semi-structured clinical interview. The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) was utilized for gauging symptomatology and severity of symptoms. A sub-sample of patients was interviewed using person… 
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