Psychiatric Diagnosis in a Transcultural Setting: The Importance of Lexical Categories

  title={Psychiatric Diagnosis in a Transcultural Setting: The Importance of Lexical Categories},
  author={Rodney D Morice},
  journal={British Journal of Psychiatry},
  pages={87 - 95}
  • R. Morice
  • Published 1 January 1978
  • Psychology
  • British Journal of Psychiatry
Summary In a transcultural setting, psychiatric diagnosis is often impeded by language and cultural barriers. A greater reliance on observed or reported behaviour than on the self-reporting of subjective discomfort may thus be expected, and this could result in the low prevalence of reported anxiety and depression in many transcultural psychiatric surveys. The language of the Pintupi Aborigines of Central Australia, until recently palaeolithic hunter-gatherers, is seen to contain lexical… 
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