Cultural issues in understanding and treating obsessive compulsive and spectrum disorders

Nedeljkovic, Maja, Moulding, Richard, Foroughi, Elham, Kyrios, Michael and Doron, Guy 2012, Cultural issues in understanding and treating obsessive compulsive and spectrum disorders. In Steketee, Gail (ed), Oxford handbook of obsessive compulsive and spectrum disorders, Oxford University Press, Oxford, England, pp.1-66, doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195376210.013.0102.

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Title Cultural issues in understanding and treating obsessive compulsive and spectrum disorders
Author(s) Nedeljkovic, Maja
Moulding, RichardORCID iD for Moulding, Richard
Foroughi, Elham
Kyrios, Michael
Doron, Guy
Title of book Oxford handbook of obsessive compulsive and spectrum disorders
Editor(s) Steketee, Gail
Publication date 2012
Chapter number 26
Total chapters 27
Start page 1
End page 66
Total pages 66
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of Publication Oxford, England
Keyword(s) cross-cultural psychology
cross-cultural treatment
obsessive compulsive disorder
body dysmorphic disorder
Summary This chapter discusses the cross-cultural understanding of the obsessive compulsive and spectrum disorders. Epidemiological studies suggest a reasonably consistent prevalence of OCD around the world. The role of other culturally influenced factors in the presentation of OCD is also considered (i.e., religiosity, superstition, and beliefs), with religion considered particularly important in the presentation of OCD, although not in its prevalence per se. Treatment effect sizes across countries and within minority cultures from Western countries are outlined. The influence of cultural factors on help-seeking behaviors, assessment, misdiagnosis, and treatment are considered. Limitations of the literature base are discussed, particularly the lack of non-Western studies of treatment effects, and the low evidence base for the spectrum disorders.
ISBN 9780195376210
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195376210.013.0102
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category B1.1 Book chapter
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