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Psy 303 Controversy Culturally Bound Syndromes And Symptoms


Before you begin working on this discussion,please read the article by Wen-Shing (2006) as well as the “Guidelines onMulticultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and OrganizationalChange for Psychologists,” and review any relevant Instructor Guidance.

For this discussion, you will enter into another conversation on an ongoingcontroversy and contemporary issue regarding abnormal psychology. Specifically,are there psychological syndromes and symptoms that appear only in certaincultures?
Because this topic is not covered explicitly in your course textbook, it isabsolutely essential to read the Wen-Shing (2006) article, guidelines 1, 2 and5 from the “Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research,Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists,” and your instructor’sinitial post before responding.

As you enter into this conversation, carefully consider the historicalinformation you read regarding the discovery and identification of symptoms andsyndromes that could potentially be bound to specific cultures. Then, take amoment to relate this historical background to the current ethical, clinical,and social considerations when working with individuals from diversebackgrounds. Interpret specific symptoms and syndromes as they relate toabnormal behavior from a culturally sensitive standpoint. Be sure to integrateknowledge of any appropriate cultural considerations psychologists must beaware of when working with individuals from backgrounds dissimilar to theirown.

A simple agree or disagree statement is insufficient to be counted as aresponse. When presenting your opinion, cite relevant sources (beyond yourtext) to support your statements. Do not repeat what your classmates havealready written, and do not ignore them if they ask you questions. Anyquestions asked of you must be answered, including questions from yourinstructor. Try to keep the conversation moving forward by presenting options,insights, alternative ideas on and/or interpretations of the topics andresearch.

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